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Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in this “irresistible domestic drama” (Washington Post) from the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, in which a woman’s brutal murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make—and the secrets they keep—in order to stay together.
Lizzie Kitsakis is working late when she gets the call. Grueling hours are standard at elite law firms like Young & Crane, but they’d be easier to swallow if Lizzie was there voluntarily. Until recently, she’d been a happily underpaid federal prosecutor. That job and her brilliant, devoted husband Sam—she had everything she’d ever wanted. And then, suddenly, it all fell apart.
No. That’s a lie. It wasn’t sudden, was it? Long ago the cracks in Lizzie’s marriage had started to show. She was just good at averting her eyes.
The last thing Lizzie needs right now is a call from an inmate at Rikers asking for help—even if Zach Grayson is an old friend. But Zach is desperate: his wife, Amanda, has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Brooklyn brownstone. And Zach’s the primary suspect.
As Lizzie is drawn into the dark heart of idyllic Park Slope, she learns that Zach and Amanda weren’t what they seemed—and that their friends, a close-knit group of fellow parents at the exclusive Brooklyn Country Day school, might be protecting troubling secrets of their own. In the end, she’s left wondering not only whether her own marriage can be saved, but what it means to have a good marriage in the first place.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Picture-perfect neighborhoods always seem to hide the biggest secrets. Millionaire Zach Grayson has been accused of murdering his wife, Amanda, in their upscale home in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. While in police custody on Rikers Island, Zach begs his old law school classmate Lizzie Kitsakis—a former federal prosecutor with zero experience in violent criminal cases—to represent him. Lizzie quickly unravels a bizarre series of lies, starting with her friend’s supposedly “happy” marriage. Who’s telling the truth, and does she really want to know the answer? Author Kimberly McCreight is a master of misdirection—even if you’ve already read a lot of domestic thrillers, you’ll be shocked by her jaw-dropping twists. As Lizzie edges closer to the truth of what happened in that expensive brownstone, her own struggles add extra depth to the story. Clear a spot next to Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—A Good Marriage is just as edgy and just as good.
Bestseller McCreight (Reconstructing Amelia) expertly blends domestic drama with a gripping murder mystery. Lizzie Kitsakis, a senior associate at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, receives a phone call while working late one night from Zach Grayson, an old law school friend who's being held at Rikers for assaulting a police officer. Zach reveals that he's also the prime suspect in the murder of his wife, Amanda, in their swanky Brooklyn brownstone. Insisting that he's innocent, Zach begs Lizzie to represent him as his defense attorney. Reluctantly, Lizzie takes on the case and soon unravels secrets of childhood abuse found in Amanda's journals and of a loveless marriage after speaking to Amanda's circle of neighborhood friends. Meanwhile, Lizzie's alcoholic husband, Sam, recently had a car accident and must pay a large settlement. The two plots intertwine when Lizzie discovers a missing earring in Sam's messenger bag that belongs to Amanda. Filled with credible plot twists and realistically flawed characters, McCreight's page-turner presses readers to question everything they think makes a "good" marriage. This will stay with the reader long after the finish.
Recommend this book!
It took a little while to get into this book for me. It didn’t grab me right from the start. But once it did I really enjoyed it. And it kept me guessing right up to the end.
Patience is a virtue!
I felt like the first half of the story dragged along and I was seriously considering not finishing the book. I’m so glad I stuck with it though because it was well worth it in the end. So many twists and turns that end up bringing the whole story together. Overall, it’s a great book and I’d definitely recommend reading it.
Total page turner!
Although the book started out slowly, I became quickly hooked. Very nicely written with character and plot twists that captivate the reader.