Betrayal was just the beginning…
Melanie Hale is a devoted mother to her two children, a diligent caregiver to her ailing mother-in-law and a trusted neighbor in their wealthy Louisiana community. Above all, she’s a loving partner to her wonderful husband, Collin.
Then there are the parts of herself that Mel keeps hidden. She’s exhausted, worried and unfulfilled. So much so that one night, after a writers’ group meeting, Mel begins an affair with a successful local author named Luke. Suddenly she’s transformed into a role she doesn’t recognize—a woman who deceives with unseemly ease. A woman who might be capable of just about anything.
When Mel finds Luke’s dead body in his lavish rented house, she realizes just how high the stakes have become. Not only does she have to keep her affair a secret in order to preserve her marriage, but she desperately needs to avoid being implicated in Luke’s death. But who would want to kill him? Who else in her life is keeping secrets? And most terrifying of all, how far will they—and she—go to keep those secrets hidden?
Melanie Hale, the narrator of this uplifting but never saccharine psychological thriller from Glass (Someone's Listening), has a young son on the autism spectrum and is the primary caregiver for her husband's aging mother, who has dementia. Melanie feels isolated in her upscale Louisiana community and understandably exhausted by her daily routines. When her husband suggests she join a writers' group at the local bookstore, she jumps at the chance. At the store, she meets bestselling author Luke Ellison, and their mild flirtation soon develops into an affair. Feeling guilty about lying to her faithful, forgiving husband, Melanie goes to Luke's mansion to break things off, only to find him dead. She flees the scene, but her presence is not unnoticed. Her little white lies blossom into darker, more dangerous territory when she's subsequently blackmailed and becomes a murder suspect. To what lengths will she go to protect her family and herself? The pleasure of this book comes from seeing Melanie morph from mildly depressed suburban housewife into a woman who's unafraid of fighting fire with fire. Glass remains a writer to watch.