'The queen of the one-sit read' Linwood Barclay
The latest unputdownable bestseller from Shari Lapena, author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR and SOMEONE WE KNOW.
'Shari Lapena is one of the best thriller writers in the business' Steve Cavanagh
It starts with a shocking accusation . . .
Stephanie and Patrick are recently married, with new-born twins. While Stephanie struggles with the disorienting effects of sleep deprivation, there's one thing she knows for certain - she has everything she ever wanted.
Then a woman from his past arrives and makes a horrifying allegation about his first wife. He always claimed her death was an accident - but she says it was murder.
He insists he's innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. But is Patrick telling the truth? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?
How will it end?
Praise for Shari Lapena:
'A masterful whodunnit, perfectly paced and expertly plotted, that had me guessing all the way through. I loved it and couldn't put it down.' C L Taylor
'No-one does suburban paranoia like Shari Lapena - this slowly unfurling nightmare will have you biting your nails until the end' Ruth Ware
'Shari Lapena just gets better and better' Cara Hunter
Dysfunctional marriages provide the backdrop for this workmanlike domestic thriller from Lapena (Someone We Know). Erica Voss blows into Aylesford, N.Y., from Creemore, Colo., intent on disrupting the lives of wealthy Stephanie Kilgour and her husband, Patrick, a partner in a successful business. A blackmailer and seducer, Erica also targets Patrick's business associate Nick Foote and Nick's wife, plus another couple. However, Erica saves her most devastating threats for Patrick, whom she knew intimately nine years earlier in Creemore. As the mother of colicky baby twins, Stephanie, in her fragile, sleep-deprived state, is easy prey for Erica's manipulations. But is the woman lying when she suggests that the death of Patrick's first wife was no accident? Even with tangled backstories, some characters come across as one-dimensional, while others make illogical choices. (Why, for example, doesn't Stephanie hire a nanny?) Despite these flaws, the fast pace will keep those fond of mischief and murder in suburbia turning the pages.