“She would never have fit as neatly into the trunk of his own car. He presses two fingers against her beautiful neck. Just in case.
No pulse. The blow was fatal. He looks at her one last time and closes the trunk.
Her blood is all over his hands. Oscar stares at the curious patterns forming on his pale skin. No latex gloves this time. He tries to think. In the cold he hardly moves, watching the tiny pearls of red slide down the coarse hairs to his wedding band. The burning in his stomach spreads upwards to his chest. His control is slipping, his panicked breath forming small clouds in the dark. Oscar is in turmoil. From man to shivering animal in the space of three minutes.
Across the road, water rages over the falls …”
Limerick, Ireland. The O’Brien family’s driveway. American Oscar Harvey opens the trunk of his hosts’ car and finds the body of a woman, beaten and bloody. But let’s start at the beginning.
Kate and Mannix O’Brien live by Curragower Falls in Limerick, in a lovely house they can barely afford. Their son Fergus is bullied at school, and their daughter Izzy blames herself, wishing she could protect him. Kate decides that her family needs a vacation, and is convinced her luck’s about to change when she spots an elegant Manhattan apartment on a home-exchange website.
Hazel and Oscar Harvey and their two children live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Though they seem successful and happy, Hazel has mysterious bruises, and Oscar is hiding things about his dental practice. They, too, need a change of pace. Hazel has always wanted her children to see her native Limerick, and the house swap offers a perfect chance to soothe two troubled marriages. But this will be anything but a perfect vacation.
And the body in the trunk is just the beginning.
Published in the US & Canada by Viking Penguin, and in the UK by Canelo.
The Blue Pool
What really happened that weekend?
Four friends go to a remote cabin one summer. Only three return.
Life is good for university friends Sarah, Ruth, Charlotte, and Kathy: it’s summer, exams are over, and they’re escaping to a cabin by the Blue Pool. But when Sarah then disappears without a trace, life for the others will never be the same again.
Twenty-five years later, a man walks into a police station, claiming to know something about the missing girl. Suddenly, the three women – now estranged – all become suspects. Forced to revisit that horrifying weekend, they must confront buried memories and decades-old misgivings. For not everything was as it seemed, and the greater the secret, the deeper it lies…
From the author of the acclaimed Twisted River, this is another ingenious and unpredictable psychological thriller. A mesmerising exploration of loyalty, friendship, and the corrosive effects of guilt, The Blue Pool will appeal to readers of Clare Mackintosh, Paula Hawkins, and B A Paris.
De part et d'autre de l'océan, un simple échange de maisons tourne au drame Pour les vacances de la Toussaint, Kate et Hazel décident d'échanger leur domicile. La première est irlandaise et pense que des vacances feront le plus grand bien à sa famille qui vit des moments difficiles. La seconde vit à New York mais rêve de retourner sur la terre de son enfance irlandaise, avec son mari et ses deux enfants, pour tourner la page après l'agression dont elle a été victime. Mais on est loin des vacances idylliques Le mari de Kate se montre étrangement distant et Hazel a la désagréable impression d'être observée. Bientôt l'une des deux est retrouvée morte Mais laquelle était visée ?
Zeit Der Lügen
Die vier Freundinnen Sarah, Maeve, Liz und Julie verbringen gemeinsam ein Wochenende in einem Cottage in den Hügeln Westirlands. Doch nur drei von ihnen kehren nach Hause zurück. Auf der Suche nach Sarah führen alle Spuren ins Leere. Weiß eine der Freundinnen mehr, als sie zugibt? Fünfundzwanzig Jahre später taucht ein Mann auf, der die alten Wunden erneut aufreißt: Er behauptet zu wissen, was damals mit Sarah geschah …