The author of the bestselling novel The Party—lauded as “tense and riveting” by New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda—returns with a chilling new domestic drama about two women whose deep friendship is threatened by dark, long-buried secrets.
Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.
A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.
Until she meets Kate Randolph.
Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she’s not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms—only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart…because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunick. And she’s a murderer.
In her masterful follow-up to The Party, Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, asking the question: Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past? (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Gallery Books #partner For sending me a free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a Five out of Five Stars.
I loved this book, like wholeheartedly. Every chore and task I had taken the backseat to this book. I started it at 9:30 p.m. and had it finished it by 2 p.m. the next day. I could not put this book down, and I could not read it fast enough. I was completely caught up in it. I loved trying to figure out which woman was Amber Kunick, in the end my suspicions were correct. However, there is another character that I was disappointed about because I thought it was too obvious of who he was, but in the end I was completely wrong, and I loved that! It was such a nice surprise.
A fellow blogger pointed out that Harding writes about real life people, with realistic issues, nothing too crazy, or over the top unrealistic. I appreciated that. I feel like we could see this story on the evening news. I appreciated that she pointed that out, because it is true.
I felt the alternating characters/chapters were executed perfectly, I really enjoyed reading about Kate and Frances. The parts of the story that describe the murder, and what occurred in that time frame, while very horrific, were executed so well. I felt for the family of the murdered person. You’ll see what I mean once you read it. There is so much to this book, so many twists, turns, and surprises. It literally had me breezing through the pages. I needed to know who Amber was, I needed to see what would happen once all parties involved found out who Amber was. This book was just so damn good. I loved the pick the sociopath game that I played whilst reading this. I adore Robyn Harding, she is one of the sweetest Authors I’ve ever came across on this book blogging journey, and I will be very impatiently waiting for her next book!
This book is out on July 10th, I will include some helpful links below.