When Jack dies after having a heart attack on the train from Manhattan, his wife and two lovers discover secrets and lies, and each other. Little do the three women know that there is more that ties them to Jack and to each other than meets the eye. As secrets unfold—some deceptive, some deadly—the women are left intimately bound by their past and by a future that can never break free from Jack. Written with a fast-paced, scenic style, the story moves forward, wasting little time on interior monologue or back story. Perhaps this is one of the best aspects of the novel—a page-turner, the story remains immediate, rarely breaking from forward motion. Characters are developed not by describing them, but by placing them in conflict and context with new people, places and situations. What's more, the novel never fully resolves the conflicts it opens up, leaving room for the next book, Dream Lover, to explore the aftermath of the characters' secrets and decisions. The characters are sympathetic, round and believable; watching them grapple with difficult decisions creates an engaging, dynamic read.
An exciting, surprising story that leaves the reader hungry for the next book.