A wealthy family's vacation at their lush winery estate becomes a weekend to kill for in this deliciously twisted novel of suspense
“Absolutely captivating! A riveting and immersive puzzle for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan
Every year, the illustrious Van Ness siblings, heirs to a copper fortune, gather at their secluded winery estate for a joint birthday celebration. It's a tradition they've followed nearly all their lives, and now they are back with their significant others for a much-needed weekend of rest and relaxation, away from the public spotlight.
With lavish comforts, gorgeous scenery, and indulgent drinking, the trip should be the perfect escape. But it soon becomes clear that even a remote idyllic getaway can’t keep out the problems simmering in each of their lives. As old tensions are reignited, the three couples are pushed to the edge. Will their secrets destroy them, or will they destroy each other first? And who’s been watching them from beyond the vineyard gates?
When a torrential rainstorm hits, plunging them into darkness, the answers prove all too deadly…
“Clever… [A] satisfying mash-up of Succession and Agatha Christie.” —Publishers Weekly
The wealthy Van Ness family gathers at their extravagant Finger Lakes winery for a weekend celebration that devolves into simmering jealousies, betrayals, and violence in this clever thriller from Laskowski (The Mother Next Door). A breaking news report prologue establishes that "multiple people" have died at the Van Ness estate but withholds details about who has died or how. From there, Laskowski flashes back to the days leading up to the party, as Richard, a successful attorney, and his twin sister, Harper, who runs an online cosmetics company, prepare to celebrate their 35th birthday. Richard keeps his financial problems from his underappreciated wife, Elle, who's become the family's de facto event planner. Harper's business is imploding due to a leaked video showing her verbally abusing her employees; meanwhile, her slimy husband Lucas's tech company soars. Youngest brother (and black sheep) Zach has brought along his girlfriend, Lauren, a gossip blogger with a special focus on the lives of the wealthy. Laskowski shifts perspectives between the siblings, their partners, and a revenge-bent anonymous visitor referred to only as "The Party Guest." She wrings plenty of suspense out of the narrative structure, and utilizes the family's Gilded Age mansion, with its myriad secret passages, to build more. The result is a satisfying mash-up of Succession and Agatha Christie.