When Amanda, the gorgeous wife of start-up millionaire Zach Grayson, is discovered dead at the bottom of the stairs in her stately Brooklyn brownstone, her husband is immediately fingered as the primary suspect. For his defense, Zach calls his law school classmate Lizzie, who gets drawn into the privilege and passion churning beneath posh Park Slope, Brooklyn—even as her own marriage is on the rocks.
McCreight includes several different types of marriages in this story, but all of them at some point will make the reader think about just what an actual good marriage really is, and what it might look like from the outside as well as the inside ... Collectively, we get a fascinating, suspenseful tale that weaves together multiple events and storylines. This is definitely a book that is almost impossible to put down once you have picked it up. You’ll gasp, you may blush, you may cry, and you may cheer, but you will still not be able to stop reading!
... [an] irresistible domestic drama ... The novel...is filled with titillating details ... [an] equally compelling parallel plot ... The real mystery, though, is not the identity of the killer, but the answer to that age old question about solid marriages ... 'A good marriage is the one that survives. And none of us will know that until all is said and done.' The same goes for the identity of Amanda’s killer. You will never see it coming.
... an alluring psychological legal thriller that is jammed packed with layers of emotionally charged sexual revelations and suspense ... Most of the characters are likable and there is something about each that is relatable ... an intelligently written suspense filled thriller that is loaded with tantalizing tidbits of information that keep the reader guessing to the very end. McCreight does an exceptional job of releasing just the right amount of information about certain characters at just the right moment to keep the reader involved. This tactic of intentional deception works marvelously by widening the scope of suspects to the crime. And unlike many other domestic thrillers of the genre which are often filled with cliché storylines, McCreight has created a unique hook that demands attention from start to finish. Her characters are fresh and believable, and the novel is loaded with plenty of twists and turns.