The Day He Never Came Home

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Pub Date Jul 09 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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“A powerful, cautionary thriller, a reminder that the road to hell is, indeed, a slippery slope. And DeYoung does a fine job of mapping the way.”
—William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author

To protect her family, one mother's lie of omission leads to another in this twisty, suspenseful domestic thriller, perfect for fans of Laura Dave's The Last Thing He Told Me.

She thought she knew her husband. She was wrong.

Regan Peters knows her husband John wants to give her and their children a good life. The long hours he puts in as a financial advisor prove his dedication, and despite how mysterious he is about his past, that's been enough for her to get through the hard days. Until the FBI shows up at their door looking for John, and Regan learns that her husband has been running a Ponzi scheme, is mixed up with dangerous criminals, and has been living under an assumed identity all these years. Everything she thought she knew about her husband has been a lie.

That includes the outrageous birthday present John gifted her the day before he disappeared—a lake house, bought with cash, and put in her name only. With her life falling apart, Regan must make a split-second decision: does she tell the FBI about the house? Or does she buy some time to forge her own path to saving herself? But one compromise inevitably leads to another, and one dangerous secret builds on the next.

When her lies of omission to the FBI agents begin to raise questions, Regan becomes inextricably embroiled in John's crimes, the true extent of which are just beginning to be revealed. Now that her comfortable life is clearly over, Regan is learning she is capable of far more than she ever imagined. She will do anything to protect herself, her children, and their future. Anything.

“A powerful, cautionary thriller, a reminder that the road to hell is, indeed, a slippery slope. And DeYoung does a fine job of mapping the way.”
—William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling...

Advance Praise

DeYoung writes with a smart, calculated urgency that makes the pages fly by. The perfect summer thriller to keep readers on the edge of their seats."
—Nicole Baart, bestselling author of Everything We Didn’t Say

“Completely cinematic and totally engaging! The diabolical and oh-so-talented Andrew DeYoung takes readers' expectations about plot and character and turns them inside out in The Day He Never Came Home—and it's so much fun to read. Surprising and smart and wonderfully original, this page-turner of a thriller is completely entertaining.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today Bestselling Author

“Things are never as they appear and in his debut domestic thriller, Andrew DeYoung takes this maxim to dangerous extremes. When her husband disappears and the FBI invades her home, Regan Peters must face the shocking truth about what her life has been built on and defend her family before they lose everything. Brimming with suspense and secrets, this top-notch thriller asks vital questions about identity, marriage, and the stories we tell ourselves. Perfect for mystery-loving book clubs!”
—Mindy Mejia, USA Today bestselling author

“The Day He Never Came Home is the real deal. Andrew DeYoung sets up his characters with a tactful grit that skillfully mirrors real life even as situations careen out of control. You find yourself nodding along as your grip white-knuckles and your breath shortens while the novel races to its thrilling conclusion. DeYoung builds suspense with the materials of the everyday and somehow manages to create something that is anything but.
—Timothy Lane, author of The Neighbors We Want

DeYoung writes with a smart, calculated urgency that makes the pages fly by. The perfect summer thriller to keep readers on the edge of their seats."
—Nicole Baart, bestselling author of Everything...

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Featured Reviews

Regan’s husband John works long hours as a financial adviser. He often comes home late and he's always been mysterious about his past. One random day John buys Regan a beautiful lake house and Regan puts all of her annoyance at the late nights at the office aside because she sees how him working so hard is paying off now they have this beautiful lake house!

BUT… the next day, John doesn't come home from work. The FBI shows up soon after, and they’re looking for John!

As Reagan uncovers more about John she becomes entangled in his web of lies that have been going on his entire life and she realizes she didn't know John at all

This book did something very interesting - it switched POVs midway through the story and it gave some background on John that I think was essential to the plot. I really enjoyed how the author added in John's POV.

Overall, I think it was a really good twisty domestic thriller and I'm excited to read more from this author. It was beautifully written!

If this sounds interesting to you, definitely check out The Day He Never Came Home by Andrew DeYoung which is coming out July 9th 2024! Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press for the eARC!

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Such a good read! I started off thinking it was a gone girl type of story only to be wrapped up in so much more. I went back and forth about how I felt about Regan and John. Were they good or bad? I ended up coming to the conclusion that they were both just messed up individuals from their early childhood trying to be loved and make it in this world and they messed up along the way! Highly recommend this book and author!

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Wow! Twisted read. Regen Peters and John Peters have what appears to be an idealistic marriage. Two wonderful children a boy and a girl 4&2 years old. Regen is a stay at home mom by choice but is a very talented interior decorator. John has his own business taking other people’s money and turning it into a fortune. All is not as it seems. What develops is the disappearance of husband John, FBI involvement ,murder, lies, danger. Is there a way out of this disaster they find themselves in? Very good read. I was given an advanced reader copy of this well written book by NetGalley and I am freely sharing my review.

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I enjoyed this and would definitely read another book by this author. The characters were easy to like and even empathize with. I enjoyed the fact that this wasn’t like every other book with lies and deception in a marriage. It went deeper and I really felt for both the wife and the husband. I feel like this was well written and a decently fast paced read.

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