Author: Shari Lapena
Published: August 2016, Pamela Dorman Books
Format: ARC E-copy, 320 pages
It all started at a dinner party. . .
A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.
What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.
My thoughts: As you know, I have fallen down the rabbit hole when it comes to psychological thrillers - I just can not get enough of them, especially when they keep getting better and better...how can you go wrong? Each time I pick a new one up, I think, ok...how is this author going to surprise me...how is this author going to set themselves apart from the pack and I find that I am yet again surprised and astounded at their creativity and ingenuity. This one...this is good - clever, twisted and a quick read to boot!
I loved that this book is just filled with secrets - secrets that just keep coming out as the story is revealed. It clearly shows just how little you really know, or in this case, don't know, those in your life. And this story is so tightly plotted that each time I thought I had it figured out, I was thrown for a complete loop when another secret was revealed...it was like being thrown back and forth in a game of catch - that's how fast things are happening.
And the characters...boy oh boy! I certainly didn't love them, but I did need to know what was going on with them. It's almost like a car accident - you don't want to look but you can't help looking out of morbid curiosity. That's kind of how I felt about some of these characters. I'm not sure I really felt any real connection with any of them, but I desperately needed to know what happened to that baby and why.
I flew through this book - right from the beginning it hooked me and I had a hard time putting it down until I finished it. It's twisted and intense, getting under your skin. I look forward to seeing what comes next from this author!