How well do you really know your best friend?
Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated by expensive wine. Though they’re very different women—the artsy socialite and the struggling suburbanite—they’re each other’s rocks. But even rocks crumble under pressure. Like when Kat’s financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion.
Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully and, police say, a murder victim. The questions begin piling up. Like why Kat has suddenly gone dark: no calls, no texts and no chance her wealthy family will let Alice see her. Why investigators are looking so hard in Alice’s direction. Who stands to get hurt next. And who is the cool liar—the masterful manipulator behind it all.
At the start of Hunt's solid debut, two Jupiter, Fla., police detectives arrive at the home of Alice Campbell, the tale's unreliable narrator, to question her about the death of Howard Grant, her best friend Kat's financier husband. Three days earlier, Howard, an alcoholic and adulterer, fell from the second-story balcony of his and Kat's mansion on upscale Jupiter Island. The police, who don't think Howard jumped, interview Alice about her three-year friendship with Kat. Flashbacks chart Alice and Kat's chance meeting at Kennedy Airport, Alice's financial troubles, Kat's broken marriage, and Kat's sister-in-law's warning to Alice that Kat uses people and discards them. Despite the unlikely pairing the struggling suburbanite and the wealthy socialite their relationship endures, until Alice's arrest for Howard's murder. The action builds to a huge reveal that leaves the reader wondering which of the two women is more twisted. Fans of psychological thrillers will be well satisfied.)
Good read, surprising twist
First book I’ve read from this author. It was a good one. I’m not normally a fan of stories with a lot of time-jumps, but this one didn’t overdo it too much. I suspected what was going, on so in a way, I kind of knew who had committed the act (kind of, it was delightfully misleading there for a while), but the twist at the end revealed things I definitely did *not* suspect. The author also did a great job of creating villains who were truly unlikeable without making them so loathsome that you can’t even read the book. Other authors. Including some of my favorites, would do well to take note and follow suite. Great read, will check out more from this author.
A very well-written and suspenseful novel. I enjoyed it, especially the ending.