In this ingenious stand-alone thriller from the internationally bestselling author and “razor sharp” master of suspense (People), a grieving wife is forced to ask: Which is worse—infidelity or murder?
Ellie Falkner’s world has been destroyed. Her husband, Greg, died in a car crash—and he wasn’t alone. In the passenger seat was the body of Milena Livingstone, a woman Ellie’s never heard of. But Ellie refuses to leap to the obvious conclusion, despite the whispers and suspicions of those around her. Maybe it’s the grief, but Ellie has to find out who this woman was—and prove Greg wasn’t having an affair. And soon she is chillingly certain their deaths were no accident.
Are Ellie’s accusations of murder her way of avoiding the truth about her marriage? Or does an even more sinister discovery await her?
This excellent standalone from the pseudonymous French (House of Correction) opens as London furniture restorer Ellie Falkner learns that her husband, Greg Manning, has died in a car crash that also killed his female passenger, married party planner Milena Livingstone, who's unknown to Ellie and Greg's friends, family, and colleagues. Others conclude he was having an affair, but Ellie needs to know for sure. When she stops by Milena's offices hoping to glean more information, Ellie impulsively introduces herself to the firm's co-owner, Frances Shaw, as a casual acquaintance of Milena's, Gwen Abbott (actually the name of a friend) and offers to help. Shaw soon trusts "Gwen" to be alone in the office. Though her search of Milena's papers and emails neither proves nor disproves Greg's fidelity, it suggests the car crash was no accident. Obsessed, embroiled in deception, and unable to move forward, Ellie may destroy her own life before she understands Greg's. Taut prose and psychological insight make Ellie's quest both moving and suspenseful. French, the husband-and-wife team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, doesn't disappoint. Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Literary.