Ingrid DiLaurio lives in Riversedge, New York, four express train stops from Manhattan. Don’t be fooled: with its tree-lined Main Street, and quaint ambiance, Riversedge is only impersonating a small town. While it’s a place small enough for everyone to know each other’s secrets, few do. The town revolves around the prestigious Riversedge Law Club, where deals are made and cases are resolved and where Ingrid DiLaurio—a former lawyer turned nationally recognized podcast host—has never once been made to feel welcome.
When Ingrid’s husband, Peter, is found dead, and Ingrid’s former friend, Opal, is arrested as the prime suspect, the press quickly seizes on Opal’s past as a single mom and stripper. Ingrid’s first priority is protecting herself and her son, Drake, along with her business, from salacious gossip. But when Opal finds herself in desperate need of a defense lawyer, she tells Ingrid she wants to call in a “favor,” and Ingrid reluctantly returns to the law for one last case.
As the trial unfolds, Ingrid realizes quickly that she has taken on more than she bargained for, including Opal’s dark past, a corrupt judge, a blackmailing prosecutor, another dead body, and a black tinted car that follows her everywhere. In the end, it’s clear that both women know more than they are letting on about Peter’s death, but who will tell the truth first?
And is the truth what anyone really wants to hear?
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"Courtroom dramatics, corrupt judges, blackmailing and backstabbing lawyers…Impellizzeri’s characters are flawed and poignant…and the end is truly both tender and surprising.”
Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year