After years of failed fertility treatments, a seemingly perfect marriage transforms into a manipulative battleground in this dark and twisty debut thriller.
When Trish discovers that her husband, James, has had an affair with a younger woman who's now pregnant, she understands his philandering as a reaction to her own failure to conceive during their 12 years of marriage. She actually accompanies James to the hospital after the baby's birth to visit her husband’s new child, Anne Elise, and the mother, Laurel. The hospital visit is the first time the two women meet, but Trish claims to have been aware of Laurel’s existence for months. She had hoped that the pregnancy would end in miscarriage or abortion, but now that Anne Elise has arrived, Trish becomes suddenly obsessed with the idea of keeping the baby for herself. When James tells her he wants a divorce, Trish is devastated to realize that the affair was about more than fathering a child. However, unless Trish is the one to initiate legal proceedings, the terms of their prenup decree that James forfeits all of Trish’s significant wealth. With a cold detachment, Trish refuses to divorce him and instead begins exploring ways to get Laurel out of the picture so she may keep both her husband and his baby. Meanwhile, Trish’s calculated comments coupled with James’ long absences from the hospital lead Laurel to question whether James is the trustworthy and dedicated man she believed him to be. As the story unfolds and Laurel struggles to recover from post-delivery medical complications, she is stuck in bed as James and Trish each separately plot and machinate over the fate of her baby. The narrative voice alternates among the perspectives of Trish, Laurel, and James, each character revealing additional details about their personal stakes in the outcome of this love triangle and the lengths they are willing to go toward achieving their goals.
A fast-paced story of toxic love and shocking deceptions that will have readers huffing and puffing until the final page.