From the author of All About Evie, “a literary wonder of family, crime, and romance . . . Fans of Gone Girl The Girl on the Train will love this book” (BookTrib).
When Natalie Shelton thinks back to how things were before the car accident, she remembers a great marriage. She and her husband, Zack, seem as strong and dependable together as the houses he builds. They live in Portland, Oregon, and Natalie is co-owner of a successful accounting firm. They’re happy, she’s almost sure of it.
Yet as Natalie lies trapped in a coma, unable to communicate though aware of everything around her, she realizes that her husband is hiding something. Zack has always been reticent about his past, which she attributed to an unhappy childhood. Now the strange calls he’s receiving, the apologies when he thinks she can’t hear him, and her fragmented memories from the morning of the accident suggest a deeper secret.
When she finally awakens, Natalie is determined to find out the truth. Sorting through clues as her brain heals, she realizes she has a rare opportunity—to reexamine the life she’s made and the man she’s made it with. But as answers come to light, she faces surprising, heartrending decisions, as well as a danger that could upend her world once again, as Zack’s past finally catches up with them . . .
“Fast, suspenseful . . . an action-filled, unexpected resolution.”—Library Journal
Lamb (No Place I'd Rather Be) opens her magnetic novel with a tantalizing glimpse of a mystery, a dreadful car wreck, and a feisty heroine to root for. Natalie Fox Shelton feels blessed: she's married to the love of her life, Zach; runs an accounting firm in Portland, Ore., with one of her best friends, Justine; and has a loving father until the car crash puts her in \na coma. Trapped inside her own body, Natalie can hear everything: the suggestions from "Dr. Doom" and "Dr. Hopeless" that Zach and Natalie's father pull the plug on the machines keeping her alive, the evil stranger whose demented Barbie-doll calling card freaks out the staff, her father's heartfelt singing. Against all odds, Natalie fights her way out of the coma, regains consciousness, and enters traumatic brain injury therapy with a colorful, lovable group and tries to put her life back together. But it's soon clear that someone is after Natalie and that those efforts are tied to her husband's shadowy past. Lamb's deeply nuanced characters, particularly Natalie's insufferable yet damaged mother, Chick, as well as her rehab buddies, lend depth and resonance. Add that to a fast-moving plot and a rewarding ending, and Lamb has crafted a charmer fit for many keepers' shelves.