A secluded beach, luxurious villa, discreet servants, and bottomless margaritas ought to spell a week of paradise for Jenna Carlson, her family, and friends. Yet secret phone calls are just the first sign of trouble.
Vacationing in beautiful Puerto Vallarta to celebrate her husband Peter’s 50th birthday, Jenna is eager to have some time to relax with her teenage daughter, Clementine, and maybe finish her currently stalled YA novel. What with her bout of stage 1 breast cancer and Peter’s intense work masterminding the online ordering app for his startup, Boychick Bagels, it’s been a difficult year. The Carlsons are joined by Peter’s business partner, Solly Solomon, his second wife, Ingrid, their 5-year-old son, Ivan, and Malcolm, Solly’s 17-year-old son from his first marriage to Maureen, who was one of Jenna’s best friends until Solly dumped her. A bit intimidated by Ingrid’s youth and easy glamour, Jenna dreads having to deal with her trendy food obsessions and her weird son. Now that Ingrid has dropped jewelry designing for YA book writing, Jenna’s also afraid she’ll be forced to read Ingrid’s latest draft. When she’s not dodging Ingrid, Jenna is spying on Clementine, hoping to find clues in her texts to her boyfriend, Sean, as to how far their relationship has gone, and Jenna’s suspicions ratchet further up when Malcolm enters the picture. Reinhardt deftly manipulates the villa in paradise into a gothic labyrinth, and Jenna’s curiosity propels her into secrets perhaps best left alone. Why did Malcolm have to switch schools in his senior year? Who is Peter taking mysterious calls from at dinner? Is Solly having another affair? And who is the beautiful woman in the next villa?
A tense mystery driven by maternal and wifely anxieties.