Middle-aged Brits, Hannah and Mark Reilly have enjoyed an idyllic marriage for eight months when Hannah eagerly drives to Heathrow Airport to pick up her husband, who was away on a business trip in New York City. But when Mark doesn't return on his scheduled flight, and Hannah cannot track him down by phone, she begins to worry. Days later Mark re-surfaces, claiming plausible, yet rather questionable excuses, which plant a seed of suspicion in Hannah, who grew up with a cheating father and a chronically skeptical mother. Hannah tries to convince herself that she has no real reason not to trust Mark, but her doubts cannot be diverted when she learns that Mark's whereabouts in New York City cannot be confirmed and coworkers in Mark's office—a lucrative software company, which he founded—cannot corroborate his story, either. Hannah stitches together other unexpected revelations including Mark's contact with a mysterious woman doctor, funds withdrawn from Hannah's bank account and the return of Mark's long lost brother. At every turn, Mark seems to have answers to explain everything, but can Hannah believe them?
Doubts, secrets and lies drive the engrossing suspense of the narrative. Author Lucie Whitehouse (The Bed I Made) effectively employs flashbacks in examining the before and after of Hannah and Mark—their single lives, their working lives, the influences of their dysfunctional families and the life they created together. This well-written and well-plotted psychological thriller peels back layers of information, deepening implications that will keep readers guessing through chilling twists and turns.
Bloombury USA, $25.00 hardcover, 9781620402757, 288 pp
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
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