Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard.
But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. It’s their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will’s sister after she died unexpectedly. It’s Will’s disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it’s the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family.
As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan’s death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.
Sadie was the one who was invited to Jack and Emily’s engagement party. But it was her roommate Camille, who invited Will to attend.
Camille: “If it wasn’t for me, they never would’ve met. He was mine before he was hers. She forgets that all the time.”
Sadie: “Intimacy and vulnerability aren’t my strong suit, nor have they ever been. Will thought he could change me. Turns out he was wrong. ”
Will and Sadie have moved to Maine with their sons for a FRESH START. They have inherited a house, and the guardianship of sixteen year old, Imogen.
But, when a neighbor is found murdered on their small Island, Sadie becomes a suspect, and she begins to unravel with all of the stress.
This story is told mostly through the perspectives of Camille and Sadie..
My first theory turned out to be wrong-
After that, I did guess MUCH of this but despite that- I was entertained from beginning to end- though it did get a bit “over the top”!
NO temptation to skim this time, except when “fake Mom” picked up the guinea pig..
Trigger warning: You will meet “fake Mom” when you meet six year old, “Mouse”-both who suffer her abuse- though thankfully its just a small part of the story..
One of my favorite Mary Kubica books, so far!
Thank You to EW. Park Row and Mary Kubica for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review!
This title will release on Feb. 18th, 2020!