They live in the big houses on the pretty street. Those other women, as we call them. And to think I used to want to be like them, to have their money and happiness, to live and laugh and play like them. Not any more.
It’s the fourth of July and the whole town is gathered at the local pool. Through the sweltering afternoon, we single mothers don’t mix with the other women––the ones with the perfect lives and happy marriages. Women like Sabine Miller. But when Sabine shoots me a desperate look across the water and suddenly disappears, my blood runs cold…
Running to the back gate, all I find is a silver charm bracelet she dropped on her way out. I convince myself I’m imagining things until Sabine’s husband Mark appears. When he realizes she’s missing, he phones the cops straight away. “Someone has been threatening Sabine,” he says. “Now they’ve kidnapped her.”
Hours later, I wish I’d run faster. The whole town is searching the streets, calling Sabine’s name over and over. On the TV, Mark is begging for someone to bring his wife home.
The truth is, I was the last person to see her alive––and it’s killing me inside. Now the cops are at my door asking questions. I’m terrified they’ll find out what happened years ago between me and Sabine. Something I’ve never told anyone.
But I need to tell someone. Can you keep a secret?
When you look like a happy couple, you have to be one, right? Well, yes, it most certainly will be true for a lot of people, but some fake it for years and years.
When you have money and fame, you can take those little not so nice things and put them on the backburner, right? Well, yes some people can and it also depends on what those little not so nice things are. Others will come to their senses and deal with it, because enough is just enough.
From the very beginning you feel that something is not quite right, but you don’t understand what is going on. The author really knows how to make her readers wait until she is ready to throw them another bone.
Of course, you start writing your own story with all the facts you have and that’s when you see that big parts are still missing. Why? Who? How? Those questions play hide and seek in your brain until, little by little, the author gives us the glue to put the pieces together.
Even though years may have passed since, a bond formed in the past will stand the test of time and events will still reflect on the present.
I loved the fact we were kept in the dark for a long time and I was happy with the way the story developed. What happens in public can be very different from what takes place behind closed doors. 5 stars.
Thank you, Georgina Cross and Bookouture
About the author
Georgina Cross is the author of works of domestic suspense, psychological suspense, and thriller.
She is represented by Rachel Beck with Liza Dawson Associates with her suspense fiction appealing to readers of The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle, The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth, and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
Georgina has been writing since she was a child. Notebooks & floppy discs filled with stories: adventures growing up in New Orleans and tales from Malaysia & England where her family lives. After graduating from Louisiana State University, she pursued a career in marketing & communications and founded Susie’s Wish non-profit which sends patients with life threatening illnesses to the beach. She spends time with her husband and their combined family of four sons watching plenty of scary movies and is thrilled to be a full-time author.
Author website: www.Georgina-Cross-Author.com