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Jack Hayes vanishes after a ferocious fight with his wife, Nina, who's now looking for him frantically, and Nina's friend and coworker Lily thinks she's the last person to have seen him before he wisped away like smoke. But she and her husband agree they can't tell anyone. Following the New York Times best-selling Local Woman Missing; with a 200,000-copy first printing.


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Lily Scott learns what it's like when your life becomes a ticking time bomb. Her friend Nina’s husband, Jake, has gone missing, and only Lily knows why. But it's only a matter of time before everyone will know what she has done. Lily is being suffocated by dread, while she struggles to keep her baby during a difficult pregnancy after several miscarriages. When Lily finally tells her husband, Christian, what happened, they take several ill-thought-out steps to cover her trail, maneuvers that serve only to fuel her fear and that lead to Christian's disappearance. Nina is relentless in her search for her husband, despite their marriage having been on uneven ground for some time. Lily’s secret is finally revealed, but it comes along with another secret that may destroy her life. Kubica is a master of unnerving domestic thrillers, this being her latest (after Local Woman Missing, 2021), and fans will probably devour it in one sitting, although they may find there are a few questions left unanswered at the surprising ending.


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This uneven, initially slow-moving domestic suspense novel from bestseller Kubica (The Good Girl) focuses on two very different couples: algebra teacher Lily Scott, and her doting husband, Christian, a market research analyst; and Nina Hayes, an English teacher at the same school as Lily, and her unfaithful surgeon husband, Jake. The small fissures in both relationships are brought into sharp relief when Jake goes missing. Was it because he and Nina had argued? Was it because of Jake’s philandering? Are Lily and Christian involved in the disappearance? Where is Jake and why hasn’t he contacted his distraught wife? Chapters narrated by Lily, Nina, and Christian offer conflicting takes on what really happened, leading Christian to muse, “The line between right and wrong is getting more blurry with each day.” The author does a good job keeping the reader in the dark about Jake’s fate and dropping ambiguous if ultimately significant details that raise questions about just how nice the characters really are, but there isn’t much action and the ending comes as a bit of a letdown. Kubica has done better. Agent: Michelle Brower, Trellis Literary. (Jan.)

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