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The End of Her
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The End of Her
A Novel
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
"The End of Her will keep you guessing right up to the end . . . once you pick it up, you will not want to put down."—USA Today
The new domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Someone We Know
A long-ago accident—and a visitor from out of the blue. . .

Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin girls. The babies are a handful, but even as Stephanie struggles with the disorientation of sleep deprivation, there's one thing she's sure of: she has all she ever wanted.
Then Erica, a woman from Patrick's past, appears and makes a disturbing accusation. Patrick had always said his first wife's death was an accident, but now Erica claims it was murder.
Patrick insists he's innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. Still, Erica knows things about Patrick—things that make Stephanie begin to question her husband. Stephanie isn't sure what, or who, to believe. As Stephanie's trust in Patrick begins to falter, Patrick stands to lose everything. Is Patrick telling the truth—is Erica the persuasive liar Patrick says she is? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?
How will it end?
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
"The End of Her will keep you guessing right up to the end . . . once you pick it up, you will not want to put down."—USA Today
The new domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Someone We Know
A long-ago accident—and a visitor from out of the blue. . .

Stephanie and Patrick are adjusting to life with their colicky twin girls. The babies are a handful, but even as Stephanie struggles with the disorientation of sleep deprivation, there's one thing she's sure of: she has all she ever wanted.
Then Erica, a woman from Patrick's past, appears and makes a disturbing accusation. Patrick had always said his first wife's death was an accident, but now Erica claims it was murder.
Patrick insists he's innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. Still, Erica knows things about Patrick—things that make Stephanie begin to question her husband. Stephanie isn't sure what, or who, to believe. As Stephanie's trust in Patrick begins to falter, Patrick stands to lose everything. Is Patrick telling the truth—is Erica the persuasive liar Patrick says she is? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?
How will it end?
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    August 2018

     

    Aylesford, New York

     

    Hanna Bright puts little Teddy in his baby swing on the front porch and sits down to read her novel. It's going to get hot later, but in the morning it's nice here on the porch, out of the sun. She notices two cars parked at the house across the street and a couple of doors down. The house is for sale; someone must be looking to buy.

     

    She soon becomes engrossed in her novel, but looks up a little while later when she senses movement across the street. A heavy-set man in a suit whom Hanna recognizes as the real estate agent is in the driveway talking to a woman. Hanna watches them, idly wondering if she is a serious buyer. The house hasn't been on the market for long, and this is a desirable neighborhood; she imagines it will sell fairly quickly. She hopes it goes to a young family-she wants lots of friends for Teddy, who's six months old. There's a pair of four-month-old twins with a really nice mom-Stephanie-directly across the street whom Hanna's become friends with. This woman looks to be alone-no husband or kids in tow.

     

    With a final handshake, the woman turns away from the agent and heads for her parked car. As she reaches the street, she looks over at Hanna on her porch and stops. Then, to Hanna's surprise, she crosses the street and walks toward her house. What does she want? Hanna wonders.

     

    "Hi there," the woman calls out in a friendly voice.

     

    Hanna can see that she's probably in her early thirties and is certainly attractive. She has shoulder-length blond hair, a good figure, and enviable posture. After a quick glance to check that Teddy is content, Hanna stands up and walks down her porch steps. "Hi, can I help you?" she asks politely.

     

    "I was just looking at the house across the street," the other woman says, making her way up the drive. Hanna walks over to meet her, shielding her eyes from the sun with her hand. "Do you mind if I ask you a bit about the neighborhood?" the woman asks.

     

    So, she's a serious buyer then, Hanna thinks, a bit disappointed. "Sure," she says.

     

    "My husband and I are interested in this area-is it a good place to raise children, do you think?" She nods toward the baby swing on the porch and smiles. "I see you've got a baby."

     

    Hanna warms to her then and describes the neighborhood with enthusiasm. Maybe the woman is already pregnant, but not showing yet.

     

    At the end of their chat, the woman thanks her and walks back to her car. Hanna realizes she didn't get her name. Oh well. Plenty of time for that if she does buy the house. Something niggles at the back of her mind, but she doesn't know what. Teddy starts to cry then, and as she lifts the baby out of the swing, she realizes what it is. The woman hadn't been wearing a wedding ring. No matter-lots of people have families without getting married these days, although she'd mentioned a husband. But who looks at a house without her spouse?

     

     

    Stephanie Kilgour has put the twins down in their cribs upstairs for their morning nap. Now she sits down on the living-room sofa for a moment and leans back and closes her eyes. SheÕs so tired that she doesnÕt know how she actually manages to get up when the babies start crying for her at 6:00 a.m. Nothing-and no one-could have prepared her for this.

     

    She relaxes for a moment, letting her exhausted body sink into the cushions, her head heavy against the pillows. She lets...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 18, 2020
    Dysfunctional marriages provide the backdrop for this workmanlike domestic thriller from Lapena (Someone We Know). Erica Voss blows into Aylesford, N.Y., from Creemore, Colo., intent on disrupting the lives of wealthy Stephanie Kilgour and her husband, Patrick, a partner in a successful business. A blackmailer and seducer, Erica also targets Patrick’s business associate Nick Foote and Nick’s wife, plus another couple. However, Erica saves her most devastating threats for Patrick, whom she knew intimately nine years earlier in Creemore. As the mother of colicky baby twins, Stephanie, in her fragile, sleep-deprived state, is easy prey for Erica’s manipulations. But is the woman lying when she suggests that the death of Patrick’s first wife was no accident? Even with tangled backstories, some characters come across as one-dimensional, while others make illogical choices. (Why, for example, doesn’t Stephanie hire a nanny?) Despite these flaws, the fast pace will keep those fond of mischief and murder in suburbia turning the pages. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency.

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