“All human beings have three lives. Public, Private, and Secret” Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A very appropriate quote to start off the book. This standalone thriller is the latest from Holahan and it’s a twisty one.
Greg is a recently divorced architect who met Jade, twenty years his junior and fell head over heals for her six months ago. His ex-wife, Leah, got the house and the grown kids so Jade and Greg are living in a rental while their forever home is built and with Jade pregnant they will all be glad when things calm down.
Jade’s public life is pretty good. She’s a media influencer and designer. She is in love with Greg, having a baby and living the good life. Only divorce after 25 years and two kids is not going to be a love fest. The kids hate her and the ex is a nut.
Jade’s private life is complicated. When one evening she and Greg are going out. She is still in the bathroom when she hears the doorbell and then hears screaming. Running out of the bathroom she’s met by an intruder. While Greg survives, the baby does not. Someone deliberately made sure the baby did not live.
As they try to piece together what happened and why, I kept thinking someone was trying to gaslight them. But who? And why? Greg goes into full security mode and installs cameras in every room, alarms, and trackers. He’s also very paranoid.
Jade’s secret life is not as bad as she believes it to be, but when you leave it off of your dating profile, it becomes something that could hurt you.
With the ‘help’ of Violet, Greg’s daughter, he begins to doubt Jade. Is she trying to kill him for money? Was she even pregnant and why is she visiting a prison?
Oh what a tangled web this was. These kids were just vile and their mother a loon.
So what did I think? It was a good idea for a book, but to me there was no sense of urgency and Greg was a pretty limp character.
NetGalley/ April 20th, 2021 Grand Central Publishing
Harlan Coben is a master of suspense. His books are like a game of ‘which shell is the pea under’. You have to pay close attention to multiple storylines within the main bombshell plot. And this one has my favorite character, Hester Crimstein.
Thirty years ago Hester discovered that her son, David had an imaginary friend at the edge of the woods. Only he wasn’t imaginary. He was a real boy, living in the woods with no name, no identification, nothing. Named Wilde, he is still a mystery even to himself.
When a local girl goes missing, the famous and oh so wonderful lawyer, Hester Crimstein, asks Wilde to use his skills to help find her. In doing so he finds that everyone is lying. Everyone is keeping secrets. Secrets that someone will kill to keep quiet. Is the missing girl part of some high school game or something more sinister?
An edge of your seat thriller with an ending I never saw coming. But it was a very satisfying one!
NetGalley/ March 17th, 2020 by Grand Central Publishing