"Lovering delivers another winner...a propulsive page-turner about young love and second chances. You won’t be able to put this down." --Laura Dave, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me
"Fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins will enjoy this one." --Publishers Weekly
In 2013, twenty-three-year old Molly Diamond is a barista, dreaming of becoming a writer. One night at a concert in East Williamsburg, she locks eyes with the lead singer, Jake Danner, and can’t look away. Molly and Jake fall quickly and deeply in love, especially after he writes a hit song about her that puts his band on the map.
Nearly a decade later, Molly has given up writing and is living in Flynn Cove, Connecticut with her young daughter and her husband Hunter—who is decidedly not Jake Danner. Their life looks picture-perfect, but Molly is lonely; she feels out of place with the other women in their wealthy suburb, and is struggling to conceive their second child. When Sabrina, a newcomer in town, walks into the yoga studio where Molly teaches and confesses her own fertility struggles, Molly believes she's finally found a friend.
But Sabrina has her own reasons for moving to Flynn Cove and befriending Molly. And as Sabrina’s secrets are slowly unspooled, her connection to Molly becomes clearer––as do secrets of Molly's own, which she’s worked hard to keep buried.
Meanwhile, a new version of Jake's hit song is on the radio, forcing Molly to confront her past and ask the ultimate questions: What happens when life turns out nothing like we thought it would, when we were young and dreaming big? Does growing up mean choosing with your head, rather than your heart? And do we ever truly get over our first love?
The wounds of the past fracture the present in this gripping psychological thriller from Lovering (Too Good to Be True). In 2013, a country group performs at a bar near aspiring writer Molly Diamond's Brooklyn apartment. Her eyes meet those of the band's charismatic singer, Jake Danner, and the two quickly fall in love. Though Jake ends his half-hearted relationship with his girlfriend, Sisi, so that he and Molly can live together, his unreliability and Molly's suspicion that he's cheating destroy her trust. By 2022, her writing dreams abandoned, Molly is married to a more reliable man. Lonely in their upscale Connecticut town and unable to forget Jake entirely, she's delighted to meet Sabrina, a wealthy marketer who shares her ironic, offbeat sensibility. The two grow close, but Molly is unaware that Sabrina, who has nursed a secret grudge against her for years, hopes to sabotage what she sees as Molly's perfect life. Lovering's nuanced characterizations and interweaving of different voices and timelines add depth to her story of obsession. Fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins will enjoy this one. Agent: Allison Hunter, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc.