Never Ask Me
Each of us has a question we dread. When the simple community of Lakehaven is shaken by a violent crime, doubts begin to arise among the locals about whom they can trust.
In a quiet neighborhood in the wealthy Austin suburb of Lakehaven, the body of Danielle Roberts is discovered on a park bench. Danielle was a beloved member of the community, an adoption consultant who delivered the joy of parenthood to a number of local families. Her murder shocks Lakehaven.
Perhaps no other family is as crushed as the Pollitts, who lived two houses down from Danielle and thought of her almost like family. Her death becomes the catalyst for a maelstrom of suspicion and intrigue. You have been told a huge lie, an anonymous email charges the son, Grant. No one can learn the truth now, thinks the father, Kyle. Never ask me what I'd do to protect my family, resolves the wife, Iris. I'll do whatever it takes to save him, vows the daughter, Julia, of Danielle's grieving teenage son.
The Pollitts always thought they'd always be there for each other. When each begins to suspect the others of the unimaginable, the strength of their bonds will be tested in extraordinary new ways. The latest from New York Times bestselling author Jeff Abbott ishis most suspenseful thriller yet: a riveting tale of the dangerous secrets one family has concealed -- and what happens when the question each Pollitt hoped they'd never be asked threatens to expose their darkest truths.
Set in an affluent Austin, Tex., suburb, this cunning and complex domestic thriller from bestseller Abbott (The Three Beths) centers on the Pollitt family: parents Iris and Kyle and their teenage children, Julia and Grant. Early one morning, Julia and a friend, Ned, find Ned's mother, Danielle Roberts, murdered in a neighborhood park. The Pollitts' lives are turned upside down as all four family members become entangled in the subsequent investigation. Danielle who facilitated the Pollitts' contentious adoption of Grant from a St. Petersburg orphanage when he was a baby had a complicated history with Iris and Kyle. Julia is tangentially involved in Ned's prescription drug dealing business, and Grant has been receiving disturbing emails warning him that his parents are lying to him. Excerpts from Iris's old journal chronicling Grant's adoption process raise the suspense. And while the jaw-dropping conclusion feels a bit contrived, readers will appreciate the savvy way in which Abbott fits together the pieces of the puzzle. This page-turner will please old and new fans alike.
What a ride!
Plan on staying up late. I read a lot of thrillers. This one is NOT disappointing! Kudos Mr. Abbott; well done.