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Publisher's Summary

The author of the best-selling novel The Party - lauded as “tense and riveting” by New York Times best-selling author Megan Miranda - returns with a chilling new domestic drama about two women whose deep friendship is threatened by dark, long-buried secrets.

Frances Metcalfe is struggling to stay afloat.

A stay-at-home mom whose troubled son is her full-time job, she thought that the day he got accepted into the elite Forrester Academy would be the day she started living her life. Overweight, insecure, and lonely, she is desperate to fit into Forrester’s world. But after a disturbing incident at the school leads the other children and their families to ostracize the Metcalfes, she feels more alone than ever before.

Until she meets Kate Randolph.

Kate is everything Frances is not: beautiful, wealthy, powerful, and confident. And for some reason, she’s not interested in being friends with any of the other Forrester moms - only Frances. As the two bond over their disdain of the Forrester snobs and the fierce love they have for their sons, a startling secret threatens to tear them apart...because one of these women is not who she seems. Her real name is Amber Kunik. And she’s a murderer.

In her masterful follow-up to The Party, Robyn Harding spins a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal, asking the question: Can people ever change? And even if they can, is it possible to forgive the past? 

©2018 Robyn Harding (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Realistic insight into sociopaths

This would have been a 5 star book if There had been more mystery and more action. Harding laid a wonderful foundation in her characters and their the pasts. A little at a time we find that the past is not always past. With these intricate and complex characters there could have been so much “edge of your seat” storyline – but there isn’t. This is a really hard review to write with out spoilers. So I’m being intentionally vague. If you like to be kept totally in the dark don’t read the rest of this. Sociopathy is a frightening characteristic. In this book the sociopath stays middle of the road and is able to pull off the “acceptability mask” sociopaths wear as it suits them. The author was brave enough to leave the sociopath as unredeemable. Which they are. It would’ve been a cop-out for a happily ever after ending. Contrasting that personality to the flawed character of her friend, who also has secrets that some would consider unforgivable. The big difference is that some people are intentionally evil, and that never changes. The story follows the two women and their families. It’s touching and realistic with the effect on a teenage girl being raised by a narcissistic, sociopathic mother. Harding nails that one on the head. But still, there is no real danger and no reason for the reader to worry for anyone’s life. I’m not saying that all books need to have dangerous intrigue. But this one is a foundation for dangerous intrigue! That said, it was very well written and could evolve with Harding applying her talent toward mystery. There was one part that I absolutely hated, and that was the stereotypical “rich-mommies” and their bitchy attitudes. They made great side-villains, but Harding missed the point that there are many middle of the road people. Not everybody is either good or mean. This was well worth the read, flaws and all!

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Just a Drama with Unlikable Characters

I enjoyed “the party” but this book was dull. There were no mysteries or suspense. Francis and Kate were unlikable, and I found myself disliking Francis even more. What a superficial character! I don’t think the story went deep enough and there wasn’t a big climax. The only thing good was the narration.

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one of my favorites

when I first started listening I couldn't figure out the true identities of the "now" characters. I kept hearing about DJ and his fascination with Amber (the woman who was involved in his sisters murder) I also wondered if amber was a victim or a sociopath in this case. READER you will soon find out and you'll love every moment of it.

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Enjoyed!

Very good fictional version of a story in the headlines long ago. Great narration and believable characters.

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Nicely done thriller/drama

Reminded me of “Big little lies” 👌🏻 not overly wordy and drawn out, keeping you captivated up to the last word.

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great plot

Wow, what a great story! I wouldn't necessarily call it a thriller but it's got some awesome twists and turns. I could totally relate to each of the characters and several times even found myself feeling compassion for the bad guy. My only complaint is that it took awhile for the story to get going. But I'm so glad I made myself stick through it. It was well worth the wait and the credit!

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Immature writing style

Eh. Second book I’ve tried to listen to by Robyn Harding. The first was The Party that I returned and while this one was a bit more interesting it still held qualities that seemed like it was written for teenage girls.

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Slow, anti-climactic ending

The story was slow to build. The middle was good, got my interest and I wanted to see what was going to happen. However, found the ending boring.
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wow!

first book by this author, I really enjoyed it! Great characters and story line.

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FANTASTIC

I could not stop listening to this story! Very well written and so fun to listen to! I really enjoyed that there was more than one narrator as having a man narrate a man's part and vise versa is so much better! Really, really good.