Pub Date 03 Jul 2018
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"READERS OF RUTH WARE AND GILLIAN FLYNN WILL LOVE IT." --LIBRARY JOURNAL (STARRED REVIEW)
"FASCINATING, BRILLIANT, CREEPY." --GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
If you had the perfect life . . . how far would you go to protect it?
Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life of her dreams, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children, and a talented husband.
Only one other person knows that Olivia's perfect life is in fact a desperate tangle of lies: Vivian Tester, the socially awkward, middle-aged housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary of a pioneering female surgeon on which Olivia's new biography is based.
In a gripping narrative that shifts between London, Sussex, and the idyllic South of France, Olivia and Vivian will learn knife-edged truths about themselves and discover just how far each will go to protect her reputation.
"[A] sense of unease keeps pushing all the way to the last, intense pages. A reckoning is coming, but why? . . . With shades of Rebecca and The Secret History, Atkins has produced an eerie page-turner that will have readers guessing from the first." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Two well-drawn and plausibly flawed characters share the narrative in a complex, creepy, and insidious novel about ambition, academic integrity, and--intriguingly--dung beetles." -- The Guardian
"A fascinating, brilliant, creepy, intelligent novel."-- Good Housekeeping