We live in a close-knit community. Thirty houses surrounding a square of garden that is perfect for our kids. We congregate here on major holidays, each family bringing a plate and sharing food and conversation. It’s in the garden that I first met her. The woman who would worm her way into my family and piece-by-piece tear it apart …
I should have known something was wrong from the very beginning. She seemed perfect in so many ways: she floated through the baby shower, a warm smile on her face, chatting to strangers with ease. At first I thought it was sweet that she offered to help me, that she made an effort to get to know us, that she brought over games and knew Luna’s favorite foods … I had no idea that I couldn’t trust another mother …
I should have known that someone would eventually discover the secret in my marriage. Why I never believe a word my husband says—and why he shouldn’t believe me. But how could a woman I only just met be the one to find it out?
If I’d known, I’d have called the police sooner.
And maybe I’d have prevented that dreadful scene. Every neighbor peering through their curtains as the sirens wailed in our street.
I could have protected my family.
I could have stopped what happened next …
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About Nicola Marsh
Nicola Marsh is a bestselling, multi-award-winning author, who has sold more than six million copies worldwide. Her first mainstream romance, Busted in Bollywood, was nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie romance, Crazy Love, was a 2012 ARRA finalist. Her debut young adult novel, the supernatural thriller Banish, was released in 2013, and her YA urban fantasy Scion of the Sun won the 2014 National Readers’ Choice Award for Best Young Adult Novel. A former physiotherapist, she now writes full time. Her other loves are raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite: curling up with a good book!
About the Narrators
Sarah Mollo-Christensen is a voice talent and an audiobook narrator. A stage and voice actor, she received her BA from Dartmouth College and graduated from the Atlantic Theater Company’s Acting Conservatory in New York City. As an actress, she has appeared on prestigious regional stages, including the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.
Jesse Vilinsky is a classically trained actress and voice actor, having graduated from the USC School of Dramatic Arts and BADA in London. She has lent her voice to numerous film and television projects and has worked on various video games, animation, and commercial projects as well. As a narrator, Jesse has garnered recognition in AudioFile magazine for her expertly voiced characters and ability to bring forth the strength and truth of their stories.
Jennifer Jill Araya has been trained as an opera singer and orchestral cellist, lending a musicality and depth of understanding to her narration that help bring her authors’ stories to life. When she’s not narrating, Jennifer can be found hiking, biking, running, or generally exploring her home city of Cincinnati with her husband, Arturo, and their two children.