A Brief Lunacy: A Novel

Algonquin Books
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An elderly couple is taken captive in a psychological thriller that “coils tighter and tighter until the tension is almost unbearable” (Tess Gerritsen).
 
Jessie and Carl have made a terrible mistake. When Jonah came to their cabin in the Maine woods, asking to use the phone, they should never have let him in. But he told them his campsite had been robbed and he was stranded with no money and no gear. Jessie took pity on him. She was thinking about her own missing schizophrenic daughter, and hoping she was receiving the same kindness—wherever she was.
 
They invite him in, share their dinner with him, and offer him a bed for the night. They soon discover that this stranger at their table knows all about them, all about their troubled daughter, and all about the secrets they haven’t revealed to each other during forty years of marriage. By morning, they realize the young man has no intention of leaving . . .
 
“A sober, wrenching literary thriller . . . The dark suspense in this concentrated psychological character study makes for a genuine page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly
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About the author

Cynthia Thayer is the author of Strong for Potatoes (named best new fiction by Ingram Books and a Barnes & Noble Discover selection) and A Certain Slant of Light (published by Reader’s Digest in English, Portuguese, Danish, and Swedish), both Book Sense selections. Born in New York City and raised in Nova Scotia, Thayer now lives with her family in Gouldsboro, Maine. She has taught at the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and at the University of Maine at Machias.
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Publisher
Algonquin Books
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Published on
Mar 18, 2005
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781616202323
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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This content is DRM protected.
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‘Totally blew me away and I loved every page… I would give it hundred stars if possible… so many twist and turns, it will make your head spin.’ Shuffle Book Box, 5 stars 


How do you protect your child if they’re keeping a secret?


Every day, a woman like Louise passes you in the street: elegant, confident, determined. But underneath, she’s struggling.


She doesn’t know her sister, Alice, has been scared of leaving the house since their mother died.

She doesn’t know when Alice babysits her little boy, Archie, he sometimes sees things he shouldn’t.

She doesn’t know Archie has a secret.


A secret that could send cracks through the heart of Louise’s carefully constructed life...


The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the Kindle top five bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, you’ll be absolutely hooked.


What readers are saying about The Secret:


‘Kept me gripped from the beginning to the end, I literally couldn’t put it down and read it in a day... I can’t wait to read another book from this author.’ Nicky Reviews, 5 stars


‘From the very first page I was captivated… I gobbled up every single word and absolutely flew towards the tense, secret-filled climax that delivered over and over again until I finished the story positively breathless. I am already awaiting the next one with impatient anticipation. ‘ Angela Marsons, 5 stars


‘Wow! What a roller coaster ride! Definitely a psychological thriller! Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was wrong!... I love reading K.L. Slater books and am never disappointed.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Fantastic book loved every word... how my heart went out to Alfie, really good book one of the best I’ve read this year’ NetGalley Reviewer, Five Stars.


‘K.L. Slater has written another fantastic story that I could not tear my eyes from, I was hooked from the start and quickly drawn in to the story... a truly gripping and addictive story that you won’t be able to put down. Highly recommended!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘This author is amazing. Her characters come to life… The book will have you crying… I would have given more than 5 stars if I could. ‘ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Superbly written, unpredictable, and with a fantastic finish... This is what story-telling should be like. Not for once will one be able to guess what’s going to happen.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘I was hooked from the start and I highly recommend!’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Excellent book! I love the way the author really gets under the skin of her characters… The twists and turns come thick and fast and I have to admit I read a lot of this genre but I got this one totally wrong! ... Brilliant book, I loved it!’ Goodreads Reviewer


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‘Well, there’s more than one secret here – and not one of them was anything I expected... truly stunning surprises and an extremely suspenseful read… As for the main secret – I did not see that coming! ... The author kept me guessing all the way through!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fifth novel.

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, The Turn of the Key is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
From a “perceptive writer whose work makes us painfully aware of our human follies and acknowledges our lovely humanity” (Audrey Niffenegger, bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife) comes suspenseful novel about a missing girl whose disappearance rocks her community.

Six years after the traumatic disappearance of Etta Messenger, it's clear that none of the members of her middle-class family have finished mourning. Gaping emotional wounds have been poorly addressed. Etta's mother, Meg, anxious to find closure and make what she can of the rest of her life, has organized a memorial service to mark the painful anniversary. Newton, Etta's erstwhile high school sweetheart, a disabled Afghanistan veteran with anger issues, uses the impending anniversary as a convenient excuse to spin out of control. Charlie, Etta's earnest blue-collar father, takes stock of his life and is reminded how he failed to protect his daughter. Her younger brother, Townes, who was the last of them to see Etta and is convinced his emotional outburst drove his sister away, has his fragile hermetic cocoon threatened by the heightened emotions of the day.

On the day of the memorial, a snowstorm threatens the city, and a chance observation on a commuter train entangles Townes in a dangerous situation that recall the events surrounding Etta's loss. The characters are shaken from their mournful routines by an unrelenting chain of events, including Newton's arrest, Townes' dangerous heroics, Charlie's recognition of his own shortcomings, and Meg's shocking discovery. The action moves from the seemingly serene suburbs to the heart of a dangerous Chicago neighborhood.

Will this ensemble of damaged characters pull themselves together in time, or will new stresses rip their tattered lives to shreds...
The instant New York Times Bestseller (January 2018)!

"A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller" —New York Times Book Review

"Buckle up, because you won't be able to put this one down." —Glamour

"Jaw dropping. Unforgettable. Shocking." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The best domestic suspense novel since Gone Girl." —In Touch Weekly

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

A 2018 Indie Next Pick | One of Glamour Magazine's Best Books of 2018 | One of Hello Giggles' 19 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Praise for The Wife Between Us:

"Fiendishly clever...in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." —Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire

“A clever thriller with masterful twists.” – Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Kept Woman

"The Wife Between Us delivers a whip smart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it." –Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

"A twisty, mind-bending novel about marriage and betrayal. A gripping plot and fascinating characters; this book will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the very end. A must-read!" –Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada

“This amazing story gallops along at breakneck speed, with an ending that smacks you between the eyes and takes your breath away. These authors are destined to become trail blazers in the field of psychological suspense books that explode in your hands!” —Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault

“Like a house of mirrors, The Wife Between Us kept me guessing around every corner, delving into the complexities of marriage, friendship, and obsession.” —Javier Ramirez, The Book Table

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