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The New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders --in the ranks of Ruth Rendell, Deborah Crombie, Kimberly McCreight, and Tana French--makes her William Morrow debut with a dark and chilling psychological thriller in which a woman desperate to hide a devastating secret in her past is drawn into a murder investigation. Traffic on Elmhirst Road has come to a halt. The police are stopping cars, searching for something. Nicki Clements waits patiently, until she glimpses a face she hoped she'd never see again. It's him--and he's the cop checking each car. Desperate to avoid him, she makes a panicky U-turn and escapes. But Nicki's peculiar behavior did not go unnoticed, and now the police have summoned her for questioning. A resident of Elmhirst Road has been murdered--a controversial newspaper columnist named Damon Blundy. The detectives begin peppering her with questions. Why was she seen fleeing the scene? What is her connection to the victim? Why was the knife that killed him used in such a peculiar way? Why were the words HE IS NO LESS DEAD painted on the wall of Blundy's study--and what do they signify? One simple answer could clear her. But she can't explain why she fled Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her. Nicki isn't guilty of murder. But she's far from innocent. . . .
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Unpredictable, unputdownable, and unlike anything you've read before.--Liane Moriarty Ingenious. . . . Arresting. . . . Keeps you puzzled and intrigued, right until the end.-- New York Times Book Review She's a wife. She's a mother. She isn't who you think she is. Nicki Clements has secrets, just like anybody else--secrets she keeps from her children, from her husband, from everyone who knows her. Secrets she shares with only one person: a stranger she's never seen. A person whose voice she's never heard. And then Nicki is arrested for murder. The murder of a man she doesn't know. As a pair of husband-and-wife detectives investigate her every word, as the media circle like sharks, all Nicki's secrets are laid bare--illusions and deceptions that she has maintained for years. And even the truth might not be enough to save her. For although Nicki isn't guilty of homicide, she's far from innocent. . . . For fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl , and the best of Hitchcock comes an extraordinary thriller--and an extraordinarily unreliable narrator--from an author whose work has been described by Tana French as like watching a nightmare come to life.