Skyler Moore is a thirty-seven year old struggling artist/graphic designer who works out of a rented loft in Manhattan. She lives in a fourth floor walk-up apartment with her calico cat, named Tuna. She is somewhat estranged from her family back in Connecticut. Her mother has never really forgiven her for the part she played in the untimely death of her half-sister, Chloe.
Struggling financially, she is very skeptical when she receives a message that she is the recipient of an inheritance. It reeks of ‘SCAM’ to her. After some background checks she realizes that the lawyer who contacted her is genuine. But WHY would someone she doesn’t know leave her anything? Then, when the lawyer mentioned the man’s nickname, C.J., she begins to grasp that yes, she did know a man named C.J., but it was a one-night stand over a decade ago… The situation is very puzzling indeed.
C.J.’s wife and grown children are resentful of Skyler’s bequest and his wife is quite overtly nasty to Skyler. Then, Skyler’s apartment is broken into. Nothing was taken, but it is obvious to her that someone was there.
Sinister events escalate as Skyler tries to investigate the reason behind her large inheritance. But… perhaps it would be better for her if she just took the money and ran. She is fearful and paranoid about her own personal safety – and with good reason. Someone seems determined to ruin her life…
With spot-on pacing that is neither too slow, or too fast, this psychological thriller kept my rapt attention throughout.
I can heartily recommend this thriller to all lovers of the genre and plan to keep an eye out for further books by this author.This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Harper Paperbacks/ Harper Perennial via NetGalley.
ISBN: 9780063247369 – ASIN: B0B9SLLHYT – 304 pages
Published May 16, 2023
Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels of suspense: nine standalone psychological thrillers, including Between Two Strangers (May ‘23), and eight Bailey Weggins mysteries.
For fourteen years Kate served as the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, which under her became the most successful magazine in single copy sales in the U.S. Though she loved her magazine career, she decided to leave nine years ago to concentrate full-time on another passion: writing suspense fiction.
She has been nominated for many awards in her media career, including an International Thriller Writers award. Her first mystery, If Looks Could Kill, was a Kelly Ripa Book Club pick and #1 bestseller on Amazon. She has been published in countries around the world.
Like many female mystery authors, Kate fell in love with the genre after reading her first Nancy Drew book, in her case The Secret of Redgate Farm.
Kate is a frequent speaker at libraries, book conferences and organizations, and has also appeared on many television shows, including The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and Good Morning America.
She is also the editor of the Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, as well as the author of several popular career books, including I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve, and the ground-breaking Wall Street Journal bestseller, Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do.
Kate, who is married and the mother of two children, divides her time each year between New York City and Las Flores, Uruguay.
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