finished reading


This is a twisty, twisted story.  The premise is reminiscent of Strangers On A Train and the whole book has a noir quality.  The characters are complex and complicated.  And the story within a story drives the narrative.  Ultimately, it's a story about family: the family you're born into and the family you choose (friends who become family or marriage).  I have to say the ending was satisfying!

From the publisher:
Everyone has a secret… Now she knows yours.

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

But days later, Selena’s nanny disappears.

Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.

1 comment:

The Gal Herself said...

Before I returned it to the library, I reread the very beginning and felt like such a putz. It was all there! I just didn't piece it together.

I loved your reference to Strangers on a Train. I also felt a lot of Talented Mr. Ripley in here. Both movies were based on books by Patricia Highsmith. I bet you anything that Lisa Unger is a fan of Highsmith's.