We are definitely on a roll now! Here is another humdinger of a book that I thought you guys might like to read! Because it was also an advanced copy, I did not get an excerpt and when I went on the author's website, it looks like she decided to change the look and color of the book. So, I copied the new version. If you happened to get a book also and it is mostly green, that is the old advanced copy. The actual book on sale is the one above.
Here is what I found out about this book:
Laura Lippman delivers a brilliant novel about a woman with a secret life who is forced to make desperate choices to save her son and herself.
When Hector Lewis told his daughter that she had a nothing face, it was just another bit of tossed-off cruelty from a man who specialized in harsh words and harsher deeds. But twenty years later, Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who knows how to avoid attention. In the comfortable suburb where she lives, she’s just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses a soccer game or a school play. In the state capitol, she’s the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record.
But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she’s the woman of your dreams—if you can afford her hourly fee.
For more than a decade, Heloise has believed she is safe. She has created a rigidly compartmentalized life, maintaining no real friendships, trusting few confidantes. Only now her secret life, a life she was forced to build after the legitimate world turned its back on her, is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can’t be trusted. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, a suicide. Or is it?
Nothing is as it seems as Heloise faces a midlife crisis with much higher stakes than most will ever know.
And then she learns that her son’s father might be released from prison, which is problematic because he doesn’t know he has a son. The killer and former pimp also doesn’t realize that he’s serving a life sentence because Heloise betrayed him. But he’s clearly beginning to suspect that Heloise has been holding something back all these years.
With no formal education, no real family, and no friends, Heloise has to remake her life—again. Disappearing will be the easy part. She’s done it before and she can do it again. A new name and a new place aren’t hard to come by if you know the right people. The trick will be living long enough to start a new life.
When Heloise had betrayed Hector, she had changed her name to Helen. She had originally lived with her father but he had such dark mood swings that the first chance she got, she left with Billy and they went to Baltimore. Once there, Helen realized that he was a liar and a drug addict.
Helen went to work as a dancer to make money but Billy would get her money and spend it on drugs that he snorted, like cocaine. She started hiding some of her money. She met a new man who also lied to her and said he was a CEO, but was actually a pimp and cocaine addict. His name was Val and he kept on asking her to dump Billy and live with him. Finally, one day she decided she would.
She went to live with Val and all the other women in the house. She never saw Billy again and assumed that Val had killed him. One day she realizes that she is pregnant with Val's baby.
And that is where I will stop. The drama really gets heavy at this point and if you love that sitting on the edge feeling, then you will love this book. It has so many turns and twists! This is one book you definitely don't want to miss reading! Happy Reading!
The author and publisher have been kind enough to offer one winner a book of their own! Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!