Named a New York Times Best Thriller of the Year and Best Book to Gift!
"An unsettling and atmospheric thriller that’s almost impossible to put down . . . Will keep you guessing right up until its satisfying but unexpected conclusion." — Buzzfeed
"Riveting." — The New York Times Book Review
The acclaimed author of The Nanny and What She Knew—hailed by stalwarts including Ruth Ware, Liane Moriarty, Tess Gerritsen, and Shari Lapena—returns with another serpentine thriller that cleverly blends atmosphere, tarnished memories, mystery, and twisty secrets from the past into a potent, intense read that will leave you questioning everything you believe.
To tell you the truth . . . everybody lies.
Lucy Harper’s talent for writing bestselling novels has given her fame, fortune and millions of fans. It’s also given her Dan, her needy, jealous husband whose own writing career has gone precisely nowhere.
Now Dan has vanished. But this isn’t the first time that someone has disappeared from Lucy’s life. Three decades ago, her little brother Teddy also went missing and was never found. Lucy, the only witness, helplessly spun fantasy after fantasy about Teddy’s disappearance, to the detectives’ fury and her parents’ despair. That was the start of her ability to tell a story—a talent she has profited from greatly.
But now Lucy’s a grown woman who can’t hide behind fiction any longer. The world is watching, and her whole life is under intense scrutiny. A life full of stories, some more believable than others. Could she have hurt Teddy? Did she kill Dan? Finally, now, Lucy Harper’s going to tell the truth.
Cross her heart.
And hope to die.
"Spellbinding . . . Bold, suspenseful, and impossible to put down. This one will stay with me for a long time." — Samantha Downing, #1 internationally bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Get ready for a tricky domestic thriller that might make you start questioning whether you can trust your own memories. Lucy was just nine when her little brother Teddy vanished. And although she was the last one to see him, all she could share with the police were a few of her made-up stories. As an adult, Lucy has channeled her boundless creativity into a successful career as a mystery novelist. The dark shadow of her past has disappeared—that is, until menacing events and clues about Teddy start disrupting her comfortable life. Is Lucy in danger? Is she being gaslighted? Or has her talent for storytelling pushed her into a total break from reality? British author Gilly Macmillan’s fascinating heroine stares down two equally frightening possibilities: that someone’s out to get her or that she’s delusional enough to think that’s possible.
Bestselling mystery writer Lucy Harper, the insecure heroine of this outstanding suspense novel from Edgar finalist Macmillan (The Nanny), is the creator of capable and astute Det. Sgt. Eliza Grey, based on an imaginary childhood friend. Chapters that recount a tragedy in Lucy's past alternate with the main narrative. In 1991, when Lucy was nine years old, she snuck out of her home with her three-year-old brother, Teddy, to see a Summer Solstice celebration taking place in the woods outside Bristol, England. Lucy returned in the early hours of the morning; Teddy did not. Lucy's only emotional support during the difficult period that followed was her imaginary friend, Eliza, who gradually evolved into her fictional police detective. In the present, trouble begins when Lucy's publishers all reject her new novel because Eliza isn't in it. Lucy's rapacious husband, Dan, is also angry at her decision, as it signals a loss in income. When Dan disappears, the police consider Lucy a suspect. Who can she trust? Herself? Her creation? This deliciously multilayered tale provides genuine, shocking surprises that culminate in a satisfying and unexpected conclusion. Macmillan is a master of misdirection. \n
Page turner. A good whodunnit ! First book of this author I have read!
Could not put the book down, ending left me wanting more closure.
Could not put the book down, unfortunately left me wanting closure to a few open items that I do not want to destroy for other readers.
Wonderful writing, unique story
The book is written well, with rich descriptions that fully transport me to the creepy, woodsy suburban setting. I enjoyed the angle of a mystery writer trying to solve a riveting real life mystery. Without giving too much away, the plot twists and turns in ways that’s quite different than anything I’ve read. Although especially towards the end of the book, is a bit out there. Even if I let my imagination go along with it, a lot was left unresolved for me.