'A sensational debut - compelling, hypnotic, full of suspense and quiet menace. Don't miss it!' Lee Child
A split-second decision puts your family in danger. A gripping new thriller that fans of Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay will read in one sitting. No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez will keep you guessing until the final page. If you binge-watched The Stranger on Netflix, you'll love No Bad Deed.
You're driving home from work to your husband and children.
Suddenly a woman is front of your car. She's being attacked.
You call the police and they tell you to stay in the car.
But what if you got out to help? What might the consequences be?
You save the woman, but the attacker takes your handbag. And your car.
And then, the next day, when you think it's all over, your husband disappears.
He's gone without a trace.
And then he texts you. I'm sorry.
But is it really him?
Nothing could have prepared you for what happens next...
'The kind of twisty, jet-fueled thriller that explodes on page one and has you happily abandoning work, sleep, life as you race to the stunning end' Lisa Gardner
'Chavez's breathless page-turner will have every aspiring Good Samaritan thinking maybe they should let the NEXT guy help' Linwood Barclay
'Heather Chavez's debut novel starts at a sprint and never lets up, twisting its way to an exhilarating, you'll-never-guess-it ending' Peter Swanson
While driving alone one rainy night, veterinarian Cassie Larkin, the narrator of Chavez's propulsive debut set in California wine country, spots a large man menacing a young woman in the road. Cassie stops and calls 911, but against the dispatcher's advice, she gets out of her van and confronts the man, who threatens Cassie before escaping with her car. The next night, which is Halloween, Cassie's husband, Sam, abandons their six-year-old daughter, Audrey, while trick-or-treating and disappears. Det. Ray Rico, who investigates, suspects that either Cassie or her 15-year-old son, Leo, is involved in Sam's disappearance. Chavez peoples her tale with credible, flawed individuals, presenting even the multiple antagonists with harrowing backstories and convincing psychological motives. While readers must suspend disbelief at times (as when Cassie fails to check in with Rico and goes rogue), Chavez is in full command of plot and pacing as the connection between Cassie's roadside confrontation and Sam's disappearance becomes clear. Domestic thriller fans will be well satisfied.