A woman’s dark past makes her the prime suspect in a high-profile murder case in this compulsively readable suspense thriller for fans of B.A. Paris and Mary Kubica
Do the mistakes of the past mark us as guilty for life?
After a childhood marred by neglect, Jessie Duval’s finally got it together. With an apartment in Nashville and a job with a catering company, she’s thriving.
But all that changes when Jessie works an event where celebrities will be in attendance—including the one person from her past she must avoid at all costs: singer Shelly James. Jessie doesn’t hate Shelly. Quite the opposite. One summer, she followed Shelly’s tour everywhere. Only, Shelly wasn’t flattered; she was terrified by Jessie’s devotion—especially after Jessie was arrested. But after a year of therapy, Jessie understands what happened. She’s not the same person anymore.
Jessie keeps her head down, but when Shelly is found dead, Jessie’s troubled past comes tumbling out and she quickly becomes a suspect in the high-profile murder. As the police close in on her, ignoring other credible leads, Jessie realizes Shelly’s murder will be pinned on her—the perfect scapegoat—unless she finds the real killer. And no one knows Shelly’s life and inner circle better than her. But she will have to go deeper into the dark—if ever she wants to find her way out.
Emotionally fragile Jessie Duval, the narrator of this unnerving psychological thriller from Jacobs (And Then You Were Gone), who was held in a closet for more than a year by foster parents when she was a minor, is doing well for herself in Nashville, Tenn., where she regularly sees a therapist and has a job she likes with a catering company. Then, at a party attended by celebrity musicians where Jessie is working as a server, she spots singer Shelly James. Jessie was once one of Shelly's groupies, a fact she wishes to keep under wraps, considering Shelly served a restraining order against her. Around the same time, Jessie was arrested and served time in jail for assaulting a man she perceived as a threat at a concert. When Shelly turns up dead in a park with her head battered in, Jessie realizes she must do some investigating before she becomes the prime suspect. Jessie's search for answers leads to a chilling denouement. Jacobs immediately hooks the reader with Jessie's engrossing if not particularly nuanced story. Fans of Amy Engels and Mindy Mejia will be delighted.