For most of her life, Lauren Mahdian has been certain of two things: that her mother is dead, and that her father is a murderer. Before the horrific tragedy, Lauren led a sheltered life on the banks of Long Island Sound, a haven of luxurious homes and seemingly perfect families. But one morning, eight-year-old Lauren and her older brother awoke to discover their mother’s body and their beloved father arrested for the murder.
Years later, Lauren is surrounded by uncertainty. Startling revelations force her to peek under the floorboards of her carefully constructed memories, put aside the version of history that she has clung to so fiercely, and search for the truth of what really happened that fateful night long ago.
About the Author
Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City and graduated from Williams College and the University of Montana. Her short stories have been published in Story Quarterly, Mississippi Review, New Delta Review, Salon.com, and Austin Chronicle. Ward is a regular contributor to the Austin Chronicle. This is her first novel.
“A literary whodunit . . . a finely woven tale of two women who have never met but whose lives are inextricably linked . . . an absorbing mystery and a stirring journey to redemption.”—People (four stars)
“I absolutely loved this beautiful, haunting story of a woman who learns to come to terms with a dark, deep family secret.”—Tatiana de Rosnay, New York Times bestselling author of Sarah’s Key
“Amanda Eyre Ward puts another jewel in her crown as the reigning doyenne of ‘dark secrets’ literary fiction.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Electrifying . . . breathless and disturbing and hopeful.”—Justin Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of The Passage
“A captivating story of loss, forgiveness and ultimate redemption.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Character-rich, psychologically probing.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune
Winner of the August Elle Book Prize