A sly and clever mashup of perhaps the most dysfunctional family ever, a stylishly-plotted mystery, and a behind-the-scenes fantastical look at the audacious lifestyles of the fabulously wealthy, all rolled into one addictively-suspenseful package that is sure to keep you reading.
Alana is a thirty-something volunteer at a women’s shelter, a woman struggling to make ends meet, and a conscientious care-taker for her much-loved and health-compromised pre-teen daughter. Alana is also deeply estranged from her strange and troubled family – beginning with her coldly authoritative billionaire father, Ed (a widower), and extending to her two handsome, scheming “Ed-lite” brothers, Teddy and Martin.
When Alana is summoned to the family island off the coast of Vancouver (yes, you heard that right!) after septuagenarian Ed’s stroke, to meet his new fiancé – a petite, twenty-eight year-old, frizzy-haired nurse – who is clearly hiding something (or is she?), it is not at all clear what game is being played and even more confusingly, by whom?
As glimpses into long-held family secrets slowly and tantalizingly materialize, present-day tensions escalate and the backdrop of constant and now out-of-control maneuverings threaten to turn deadly.
Without giving the plot away (no spoilers here), Alana (and the reader) can count themselves in for a wild ride, with twists and turns and a shocker of an ending that for this reader, came out of nowhere.
A wonderful read, loads of fun and completely compelling, this is a book to curl up with on a day when oodles of time presents itself. I guarantee you won’t want to put this one down!
A great big thank-you to @HarperCollinsCA, @Netgalley, and the author for an ARC of this book. All thoughts presented are my own.