When a friend’s husband is murdered after his 40th birthday party, Boston detective Rita Myers is convinced it wasn’t random or opportunistic, but committed by someone in the couple’s small circle of friends, who was likely at the party. - (Baker & Taylor)
A dark new thriller perfect for fans of Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena where murder exposes the dark secrets at the center of a group of friends and sets two women – one with a traumatic past, the other a Boston police detective – on a hunt for truth.
Snow falls softly outside Molly Bradley’s home on a frigid January night. Inside, half a dozen close friends are gathered to celebrate the fortieth birthday of Molly’s psychologist husband, Jay. Candlelight gleams against dark wood, wine flows, and the house rings with laughter. Everybody loves Jay, Molly most of all. Yet next morning, Molly discovers Jay dead on the floor of his office, his throat brutally slashed.
After decades working with the Boston PD, Detective Rita Myers has grown accustomed to the banality of evil—the murders that make no sense beyond bad luck or a tragic brush with the worst of humanity. But Jay Bradley’s murder isn’t random, or a mere crime of opportunity. Rita is convinced that someone in the couple’s small circle killed him. Someone who was celebrating with them that night.
Devastated, Molly tries to make sense of her husband’s death. Jay was her rock, the only person who really understood the nightmare she lived through long ago. He knew the horrors she’s kept hidden even from her friends. But shocking revelations are making her question if Jay was all he seemed to be—and whether someone else knows her past too. And until Molly figures out who she can really trust, she won’t be able to stop herself becoming the next target . . .
“Gripping…Parlato is off to a strong start.” – Publishers Weekly
“A creepy debut.” – Kirkus Reviews - (Lightning Source, Inc. Ebooks)
Terri Parlato was born and raised in upstate New York. She currently lives in a small north Georgia town with her husband and dog, Lucy. For more information, visit her online at TerriParlato.com. - (Random House, Inc.)
Publishers Weekly Reviews
An inexplicable murder kicks off Parlato's gripping debut. The day after psychologist Jay Bradley celebrates his 40th birthday with his wife, Molly, and three other couples at their home in Graybridge, Mass., Molly finds Jay dead on his garage office floor with his throat slit, the beginnings of a new book, Abnormal Psychology and the Criminal Mind, open on his computer. Det. Rita Meyers of the Graybridge PD focuses her search for answers on the three couples, as well as Molly, who fears that someone has learned of a terrible secret from her past and her real identity. When the police discover that a young woman went missing six months earlier near the vacation home belonging to Jay's family in Mountclair, N.H., they suspect her disappearance may be tied to Jay's murder and his new book. Tension builds as the action alternates between the first-person narratives of Rita and Molly, who winds up kidnapped and held hostage. Assured pacing matches accomplished characterizations. Parlato is off to a strong start. Agent: Marlene Stringer, Stringer Literary. (Jan.)
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