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308 pages, Hardcover
First published July 14, 2016
"Nobody makes that much money without taking advantage of somebody. It's much easier to make money if you don't care who you hurt. If you have scruples, it's much harder to get rich”
“Anne can imagine Cynthia as a schoolyard bully-the tall, beautiful girl who taunted short, plump, under confident girls like her.”
"I was crying when I fed her because I was sad about being fat and unattractive, and Cynthia—who is supposed to be a friend—had been flirting with my husband all evening. ”
“She is living in a fishbowl, everyone tapping on the glass.”
“The wife is always the last to know, right?”
"But if he pays her, she'll ask for more, and more-that's the way it is with blackmailers. You never get out from under them. So the amount she's naming now is meaningless."
Sometimes when I read a crime-thriller, I become bored with the pace or exasperated with the clues and detective types, but not so this time. Each character had their own complex personality, and/or presence here, and there is never a dull moment.
Without giving anything away, I'll just say, be prepared for a shocking crime and horrendous secrets revealed, some of which, you will find terribly disturbing!
I entered this mystery not knowing anything about the plot so was totally surprised at what happens early on during a neighborly get-together; and have to admit, I did have an inkling of who the culprit might be (off and on) a couple of times, but the story never lost my interest or its momentum.
This fast-moving intense read has a bit of everything.......including evil. (he.he.he.)