The End of Her
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
Another thrilling domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Not a Happy Family
“The End of Her will keep you guessing right up to the end . . . once you pick it up, you will not want to put it down.” —USA Today
"[Shari Lapena is] the queen of the one-sit read" —Linwood Barclay
A long-ago accident—and a visitor from out of the blue. . .
Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin girls. The babies are a handful, but even as Stephanie struggles with the disorientation of sleep deprivation, there's one thing she's sure of: she has all she ever wanted.
Then Erica, a woman from Patrick's past, appears and makes a disturbing accusation. Patrick had always said his first wife's death was an accident, but now Erica claims it was murder.
Patrick insists he's innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. Still, Erica knows things about Patrick--things that make Stephanie begin to question her husband. Stephanie isn't sure what, or who, to believe. As Stephanie's trust in Patrick begins to falter, Patrick stands to lose everything. Is Patrick telling the truth--is Erica the persuasive liar Patrick says she is? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?
How will it end?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The woman who’s threatening to ruin a new mother’s life might also be the one who saves it. Up all night with two colicky twin babies, Stephanie can barely see straight. So it’s just about the worst possible moment for some stranger named Erica to show up talking about the torrid affair she had with Stephanie’s husband, Patrick, back when he was married to his first wife—who then died very suspiciously. With each shocking twist in best-selling author Shari Lapena’s taut domestic thriller, we changed our theory about what was really going on. At first, Erica seems like a simple blackmailer, but as startling revelations about Patrick come to light, we started to believe that Stephanie had married a killer. Lapena expertly turns the screws as her heroine searches for answers. If you’ve ever tried to think straight after being extremely sleep-deprived, this book will hit frighteningly close to home.
Dysfunctional marriages provide the backdrop for this workmanlike domestic thriller from Lapena (Someone We Know). Erica Voss blows into Aylesford, N.Y., from Creemore, Colo., intent on disrupting the lives of wealthy Stephanie Kilgour and her husband, Patrick, a partner in a successful business. A blackmailer and seducer, Erica also targets Patrick's business associate Nick Foote and Nick's wife, plus another couple. However, Erica saves her most devastating threats for Patrick, whom she knew intimately nine years earlier in Creemore. As the mother of colicky baby twins, Stephanie, in her fragile, sleep-deprived state, is easy prey for Erica's manipulations. But is the woman lying when she suggests that the death of Patrick's first wife was no accident? Even with tangled backstories, some characters come across as one-dimensional, while others make illogical choices. (Why, for example, doesn't Stephanie hire a nanny?) Despite these flaws, the fast pace will keep those fond of mischief and murder in suburbia turning the pages.
It was very good not great towards the end it gets more of a page turner
Not worth the time
So repetitive, this book could have been thirty pages and told the same story. Would not recommend.
Almost 5 stars
I would have rated this a 5, but the lack of credibility in a couple of the legal scenes bothered me. Spoiler!!!!! No attorney would ask a witness a three part question like Lange asked Erica on the stand. Also, the polygraph examiner would not let other people in the room. Other than that, I liked the twists and turns of the book and the unsettling ending.