Review by Booklist Review
*Starred Review* This fifth absorbing domestic thriller (following The Trophy Child , 2017) from acclaimed crime-writer Daly, is afire with her trademark brilliantly defined characters, the nice and the not so nice. Leon Campbell is a best-selling thriller author with everything going for him when he is brutally attacked in the driveway of his own home. His wife, Jane, is catapulted from her happy life built around a loving marriage, two young children, a playful cat, and a fulfilling job as a creative-writing teacher into an absolute nightmare. With Leon in a coma, Jane is forced to remove her rose-colored glasses as she begins to realize that he has been keeping secrets from her, secrets that now threaten the emotionally devastated family. And what did Leon do to make someone want to kill him? After she herself becomes a suspect, Jane takes matters into her own hands and faces terrifying consequences for her interference after being warned to stay away from playing Miss Marple. The element of literary ambition makes for a fascinating story within the story, with details on the dangers of plagiarism and the destructive practice of sock puppetry posting fake bad reviews of authors' work enhancing the telling. The turn at the end is an absolute triumph. Readers will hope to hear more of the Campbells soon.--Jane Murphy Copyright 2018 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Jane Campbell, the narrator of this superior domestic thriller from British author Daly (The Trophy Child), is accustomed to having her husband, Leon, handle their finances, household decisions, and even any comments that may arise over their biracial marriage (she's white, he's black). The family lives comfortably in Liverpool on Leon's income as a top-selling crime fiction writer. Jane concentrates on their two children, their home, and teaching creative writing a couple of times a week. That her own manuscripts have been rejected several times is her one sore spot. Jane's life changes when Leon is shot in the head with a nail gun in their driveway minutes after a confrontation with their elderly neighbor with whom they've had an ongoing feud. As Leon recovers, Jane begins to learn how much her husband has hidden from her-they are deeply in debt, he is way behind in his latest manuscript, and he has made some dangerous enemies. Believable twists and characters who realistically change distinguish this brisk story. Agent: Jane Gregory, David Higham Assoc. (U.K.). (Oct.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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