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On a bitter January evening, three people are found murdered in the isolated Blackbird hotel.
Best friends since childhood, Eric, Rory and Celia have always been inseparable. Together they’ve coped with broken homes and damaged families, clinging to each other as they’ve navigated their tenuous lives. Their bond is potent and passionate—and its intensity can be volatile.
When the trio decides to follow Celia's dream of buying and renovating the Blackbird, a dilapidated hotel that sits on the perilous cliffs of Jawbone Ridge, new jealousies arise and long-held suspicions start to unravel their relationship. Soon they find themselves pushed to the breaking point, where trust becomes doubt, longing becomes obsession, and someone will commit the ultimate betrayal.
An unflinching story of ambition, desire and envy, The Undoing moves backward through time to tracethe events leading to that fateful night, revealing the intimate connections, dark secrets and terrible lies that wove them together—and tore them apart.
“Smart, gripping and thoroughly absorbing. Dean’s The Undoing had my brain twisted for hours.” —New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Cain
About the author
Averil Dean was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She left school at sixteen and went on to sell donuts, goldfish and power tools before answering the call of the cubicle, where she spent the next twenty years building up her tolerance for burnt coffee and the dot-matrix printer. She left this dream life in 2012 when she moved with her husband and the youngest of their three kids to Lacey, Washington and now devotes her time to writing and photography. Visit her at www.averildean.com
At the outset of Dean's unsettling second novel, Julian Moss, who's poised to jump into a ravine in an apparent suicide, holds a note reading: "Julian, I know what you did." The day before, Julian returned to stay at the Blackbird Hotel in Jawbone Ridge, Colo., which he previously owned, but left five years ago, after the mysterious shooting deaths of his three best friends: Celia Dark; her stepbrother, Rory McFarland; and her boyfriend, Eric Dillon. In their youth, Celia's father abandoned Celia and Rory, leaving them with an ambivalent and inattentive mother. In flashbacks, Celia and Rory band together to survive, eventually joined by Eric, a victim of a physically abusive father. When the three reach adulthood, they fulfill Celia's lifelong dream of purchasing the Blackbird, but tensions quickly grow as others plot against them. Dean (Alice Close Your Eyes) slowly reveals what really happened during the fatal shooting and how Julian was involved in this chilling tale of obsessive love, loyalty, and jealously.