The author of Sisters of the Sari presents a richly emotional journey of two women drawn together by an unexpected and unwanted bond…
Lesley McCoy works in a day-care center, and she is planning to start a family of her own. Her husband, David, is a homebody whose job as a wilderness guide takes him away for long periods—but when he’s home, he’s the best partner Lesley could imagine.
Kendra McCoy is a successful businesswoman whose husband, Eric, is an analyst who specializes in Middle Eastern politics. He supports her enthusiasm and drive to succeed, and is the perfect partner—when he’s home between assignments.
While trying to identify a man who collapses in a Portland, Oregon, coffee shop, two wallets are found: one belonging to David McCoy, the other to Eric McCoy.
Devastated by their comatose husband’s betrayal, Kendra and Lesley reluctantly join forces in an attempt to piece together a true picture of the man they both fell in love with. Instead, they uncover a vast web of deceit as they learn their husband lived a third life neither of them suspected.
Baker's newest (after Sisters of the Sari) is the ho-hum story of the titular Mr. McCoy "the visual equivalent of Teflon, so unremarkable he is almost invisible " and the undoing of his enormous web of lies. When McCoy collapses from an aneurysm, Jason Cheddick, a former police officer turned PI who happened to be nearby, discovers among his effects two wallets and sets of ID belonging to David and Eric McCoy. Through his subsequent investigation, Jason discovers that the unconscious man is married to two different women, Lesley McCoy and Kendra McCoy. Shocked by the revelation, the two wives team up with Jason to discover their shared husband's true identity, and parse his motives. Along the way, the trio unearths troublesome and surprising truths not only about the mysterious McCoy, but about themselves as well. While the main man's blandness is precisely that which enables him to mimic others and assume a plurality of aliases, it is also that which makes caring for him so difficult. This, combined with a clunky plot and a too-far-removed 3rd-person narration, slows down the tempo.