'The queen of the one-sit read' Linwood Barclay
'Shari Lapena is one of the best thriller writers in the business' Steve Cavanagh
'A masterful whodunnit, perfectly paced and expertly plotted, that had me guessing all the way through' C L Taylor
The gripping new thriller from the No. 1 bestselling author of The Couple Next Door.
It can be hard keeping secrets in a tight-knit neighbourhood.
In a tranquil, leafy suburb of ordinary streets - one where everyone is polite and friendly - an anonymous note has been left at some of the houses.
'I'm so sorry. My son has been getting into people's houses. He's broken into yours.'
Who is this boy, and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts.
And when a missing local woman is found murdered, the tension reaches breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they're telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their secrets?
Maybe you don't know your neighbour as well as you thought you did . . .
Readers are obsessed with Shari Lapena:
'I was reading with my mouth open as I raced towards the final page.'
'I read it in one sitting, as I simply could not put it down.'
'An incredibly gripping read.'
'Fantastic book, from the first page I was hooked, couldn't put it down!'
'An excellent atmospheric thriller, full of intrigue and suspense.'
OUT NOW the new Sunday Times bestseller from Shari Lapena: THE END OF HER
COMING SOON the brand-new unputdownable thriller: NOT A HAPPY FAMILY ***AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW***
In this slyly plotted if anemically peopled page-turner from bestseller Lapena (An Unwanted Guest), there's nary a ripple in the bucolic Hudson Valley city of Aylesford, N.Y., after lawyer Robert Pierce reports his wife, Amanda, missing; most neighbors assume Amanda simply left him. But when rumors spread that an at first unnamed teen has been breaking into homes and hacking into the occupants' computers, it's quite a different story, setting in motion a snowballing of suspicion, subterfuge, and bungled amateur sleuthing. The discovery of a car with a badly bludgeoned body inside the trunk in a nearby lake potentially creates a huge problem for 16-year-old hacker Raleigh Sharpe, whose fingerprints are all over the victim's house. He also risks being identified because of the ill-advised anonymous apology notes his mother slips under the doors of those he admits to her to have hacked. Lapena skillfully maximizes suspense with her dual story lines that eventually collide, as well as some deft misdirection. Unfortunately, most of her characters don't rise above serviceable, and the final plot twists prove as implausible as they are surprising. Still, many fans of domestic suspense will be satisfied.