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Booklist Reviews 2018 January #1
Notable women's-fiction author Pekkanen teams up with former editor Hendricks in this seamless thriller that will keep readers on their toes to the very end. At first glance, poor Vanessa appears desperate to stop the impending marriage between her ex-husband and his new young lover, Nellie. Richard is a powerful and demanding man, and Vanessa is determined to save Nellie from the fate Vanessa endured as a controlled trophy wife. But things aren't always as they seem. Is Vanessa crazy or cunning? What's her endgame? And is Nellie—who is suspiciously similar to Vanessa in both looks and supposed background—as innocent as she comes across? What is Richard really after in all of this? To say anything more about the myriad plot twists, red herrings, and unreliable narrators would give it all away. Readers will enjoy the dizzying back-and-forth as they attempt to figure out just who to root for and as the suspense ratchets up to one hell of a conclusion. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2017 September #1
You know the story: a husband dumps a troublesome first wife for a woman with whom the discarded spouse becomes bitterly obsessed. That's not what happens here. Newbie Hendricks joins with USA Today best-selling author Pekkanen for psychological suspense with a big publicity push.Copyright 2017 Library Journal.
LJ Reviews 2017 October #2
It's human nature to assume; we all do. But this psychological thriller by first-time novelist Hendricks and best-selling author Pekkanen (The Perfect Neighbors) proves just how dangerous assumptions can be. Nellie, a young teacher, has met the man of her dreams. Nine years her senior, Richard is charming, handsome, and wealthy. He pampers Nellie like a queen—until he doesn't. Nellie is constantly thrown off-kilter—is Richard manipulating things that happen between them? Reality and deception are woven into a strange pattern of twisted understanding. As the difference in how each perceives their marriage grows wider, so does their estrangement until Richard leaves Nellie for another woman. Or so everyone believes. Who is this younger, blonde version of herself? Nellie is compelled to stalk her around Manhattan like a jealous ex. Will this woman become her replacement?
PW Reviews 2017 November #1
Hendricks, who spent more than 20 years as a book editor, joins forces with Pekkanen (