Only Ever You: A Novel

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"A twisty, compelling, and harrowing thriller that will hook and leave you breathless from the first to the final page." -Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love You

Jill Lassiter’s three-year-old daughter disappears from a playground only to return after 40 frantic minutes, but her mother’s relief is short-lived–there’s a tiny puncture mark on Sophia’s arm. When doctors can find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill accepts she’ll never know what happened, but at least her child is safe.

Except Sophia isn’t. Someone is watching the Lassiter home in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb, infiltrating the family’s personal and professional lives. While Jill struggles to balance building her photography business with parenting high-spirited Sophia, and David is distracted by pressure to make partner at his law firm, both of them are holding on in a marriage that’s already been rocked by loss.

Three months after the incident at the park, Sophia disappears again, but this time Jill and David become the focus of police and media scrutiny and suspicion. Facing every parent’s worst nightmare a second time, Jill discovers that someone doesn’t just want Sophia for her own, she wants to destroy the entire family.

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About the author

REBECCA DRAKE moves to hardcover with her breakout psychological thriller, Only Ever You. Her debut Don't Be Afraid, was Kensington's lead title in Sept 2006. The Next Killing (Sept 2007) was picked by four national book clubs including The Literary Guild. The Dead Place (Sept 2008) was an IMBA bestseller. In 2011, Drake's story "Loaded" was featured inPittsburgh Noir. A former journalist and native New Yorker, Rebecca currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two children.
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Publisher
Macmillan
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Published on
Mar 22, 2016
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781466877702
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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