The end of her : a novel / Shari Lapena.

"In upstate New York, Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin babies. The girls are a handful, but Stephanie doesn't mind being a stay-at-home mom, taking care of them while Patrick does the nine to five to pay the bills. When a woman from Patrick's past dr...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Lapeña, Shari, 1960- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2020]
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Dysfunctional marriages provide the backdrop for this workmanlike domestic thriller from Lapena (Someone We Know). Erica Voss blows into Aylesford, N.Y., from Creemore, Colo., intent on disrupting the lives of wealthy Stephanie Kilgour and her husband, Patrick, a partner in a successful business. A blackmailer and seducer, Erica also targets Patrick's business associate Nick Foote and Nick's wife, plus another couple. However, Erica saves her most devastating threats for Patrick, whom she knew intimately nine years earlier in Creemore. As the mother of colicky baby twins, Stephanie, in her fragile, sleep-deprived state, is easy prey for Erica's manipulations. But is the woman lying when she suggests that the death of Patrick's first wife was no accident? Even with tangled backstories, some characters come across as one-dimensional, while others make illogical choices. (Why, for example, doesn't Stephanie hire a nanny?) Despite these flaws, the fast pace will keep those fond of mischief and murder in suburbia turning the pages. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency. (July)

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