"Spellbinding."—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby
"Disturbing…provocative." —Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author
Critically acclaimed author of The Mourning Hours and The Fragile World, Paula Treick DeBoard returns with a tale of dark secrets, shocking lies and a dangerous obsession that will change one neighborhood forever
Liz McGinnis never imagined herself living in a luxurious gated community like The Palms. Ever since she and her family moved in, she's felt like an outsider amongst the Stepford-like wives and their obnoxiously spoiled children. Still, she's determined to make it work—if not for herself, then for her husband, Phil, who landed them this lavish home in the first place, and for her daughter, Danielle, who's about to enter high school.
Yet underneath the glossy veneer of The Palms, life is far from idyllic. In a place where reputation is everything, Liz soon discovers that even the friendliest residents can't be trusted. So when the gorgeous girl next door befriends Danielle, Liz can't help but find sophisticated Kelsey's interest in her shy and slightly nerdy daughter a bit suspicious.
But while Kelsey quickly becomes a fixture in the McGinnis home, Liz's relationships with both Danielle and Phil grow strained. Now even her own family seems to be hiding things, and it's not long before their dream of living the high life quickly spirals out of control…
"[The] next must-read…"—Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Hidden and Smoke
"Heart-pounding." —Sophie Littlefield, New York Times bestselling author
"Suspenseful and compelling." —Karen Brown, author of The Longings of Wayward Girls
The Palms at Altamont Ridge, the exclusive gated California community that serves as the setting for this captivating novel from DeBoard (The Fragile World), becomes the home of the middle-class McGinnis family when husband Phil is hired as the community relations specialist. At the local high school, 14-year-old Danielle McGinnis makes a new friend, troubled sophomore Kelsey Jorgensen, who begins a flirtation with Phil that grows more insistent each time he rejects her. Kelsey uses every trick in the book, including rumors and threats, to sow doubt and discord between Phil and his wife, Liz, a high school counselor. Approaching the problem from totally different perspectives, mildly ambitious Phil and down-to-earth Liz each try to resolve the situation. This tale of a family in peril closes with a death that's tragic and unexpected.
The Drowning Girl
I liked the story a lot it was suspenseful, a good read.
Great book, bad ending
I couldn't stop reading this book. Very suspenseful. The end was HUGELY disappointing though.
Great Read Until The End
I thoroughly enjoyed this book...well written, suspenseful. However, the ending was a disappointment. It left every question unanswered. A sequel perhaps?