A Best Book of the Year: Washington Post, Sun Sentinel
From Alafair Burkeâ€”New York Times bestselling author of the runaway hit, The Wifeâ€” comes another twisty tale of domestic noir. When a prominent Manhattan lawyer is murdered, two estranged sistersâ€”one the dead manâ€™s widow, the other his exâ€”must set aside mistrust and old resentments ... but can they escape their past?
Keep your enemies close and your sister closer.
Though Chloe was the younger of the two Taylor sisters, she always seemed to be the one in charge. She was the honor roll student with big dreams and an even bigger work ethic. Nickyâ€”always restless and more than a little recklessâ€”was the opposite of her ambitious little sister. She floated from job to job and man to man, and stayed close to home in Cleveland.
For a while, it seemed that both sisters had found happiness. Chloe earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and moved to New York City, where she landed a coveted publishing job. Nicky married promising young attorney Adam Macintosh and gave birth to a baby boy they named Ethan. The Taylor sisters became virtual strangers.
Now, more than fifteen years later, their lives are drastically differentâ€”and Chloe is married to Adam. When heâ€™s murdered by an intruder at the coupleâ€™s East Hampton beach house, Chloe reluctantly allows her teenage stepsonâ€™s biological motherâ€”her estranged sister, Nickyâ€”back into her life. But when the police begin to treat Ethan as a suspect in his fatherâ€™s death, the two sisters are forced to unite . . . and to confront the truth behind family secrets they have tried to bury in the past.