An impossible-to-put-down domestic thriller about secrets and revenge told from the perspectives of a husband and wife who are the most perfect, and the most dangerous, match for each other.
Rebecca didn't know love was possible until she met Paul, a successful, dashing, married man with a past as dark as her own. Their pain drew them together with an irresistible magnetism; they sensed that they were each other's perfect (and perhaps only) match.
But twenty years later, Paul and Rebecca are drowning as the damage and secrets that ignited their love begin to consume their marriage. They are both cheating on each other, but Paul's affairs get messy, and fast. His first mistress is stalking them with growing audacity when Rebecca discovers Paul's elaborate plan to build a new life without her. And though Rebecca is spiraling into an opiate addiction, it doesn't stop her from coming up with a devious plot of her own, and this one could end absolutely everything.
What follows is an unpredictable and stylish game of cat-and-mouse--a shocking tale of unfaithfulness and unreliability that will keep you racing until the final shocking twist and wondering how much you know your spouse.
"Rebecca and Paul Campbell, both victims of childhood trauma, weather ups and downs over nearly 20 years of marriage. His contracting business fails when the housing bubble bursts, leaving him anxious and depressed before he discovers a talent for real-estate sales. Meanwhile, her career soars as a top drug rep until her increasing use of her company's samples affects her performance and she's let go. Each also has learned to lie skillfully to the other, as their alternating narratives show. During his down period, Paul starts bedding Sheila, a married woman who lives nearby, but Rebecca discovers the affair after she's fired, when she also finds that Paul has drained their joint bank account. As Rebecca's knowledge of Paul's activities grows, she makes plans to protect herself, and, all the while, manipulative, obsessive Sheila has plans of her own. This debut by a pseudonymous duo builds tension with twists and turns to the very end; as Paul's lies mount up, Rebecca becomes increasingly addicted and paranoid, and Sheila's vengeful presence looms. Nonstop tension keeps readers turning pages.--Michele Leber Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Set in a Real Housewifes-esque swathe of Long Island, N.Y., this dizzyingly plotted, miniseries-ready domestic thriller from the pseudonymous Scott (a screenwriter and a publishing professional team) centers on self-medicated to the gills pharma rep Rebecca, whose opiate addiction threatens to cost her her job-and her drug pipeline. At the same time, Rebecca starts to suspect that her husband of 20 years, Paul, a contractor turned real estate broker, may be straying-possibly with her loathsome boss's Botox Barbie wife, Sasha, who was Paul's high school sweetheart. Sasha has just disappeared, as will the dysfunctional couple's sexy neighbor, Sheila. For maximal misdirection, Scott exploits multiple narrators, most of whom are unreliable save for a pair of wisecracking detectives, during the devious, deadly, and occasionally downright preposterous proceedings that set up an unexpected finale. Fortunately, this outcome is less disturbing than it might otherwise be, since the only truly sympathetic character is Duff, Rebecca and Paul's dog. Those looking for slick entertainment will hope to see more from Scott. Agent: Christopher Schelling, Selectric Artists. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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