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Publisher's Summary

A woman is haunted by a heartwrenching decision she made as a teenager in this darkly atmospheric, deeply emotional thriller from number one internationally best-selling global superstar Sara Blaedel.

Detective Louise Rick is on a beach in Thailand when the panicked call from her father comes through. Louise′s beloved brother, Mikkel, has attempted suicide. His wife, Trine, left him days earlier, walking out the door one day with no warning and leaving Mikkel devastated.

Louise rushes home to Osted, the small, insular Danish town where she grew up and where Mikkel still lives. But the more Louise learns about Trine - a devoted wife and the mother of two young children - and her state of mind in the days before she left Mikkel, the more Louise begins to wonder whether Trine really meant to leave him. Or whether something much darker may have taken place.

As the local police begin to suspect that Mikkel may have had a hand in Trine’s disappearance, Louise struggles to clear his name but is forced to confront some hard truths: Small towns always hide secrets. The past always comes back to haunt you. And lies are never harmless.

©2022 Sara Blaedel (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

NEW YORK POST "Required Reading"

USA TODAY "5 Books Not To Miss" 

"Sara Blaedel writes novels as twisty as spirals and electric with intelligence. Her sophisticated mysteries hum with warmth and life, and double as inquiries into social and justice systems rigged against those who, heartbreakingly, need them most. Her detective, Louise Rick, is one of the most appealing, most layered, and most compelling heroes to stride onto a crime scene in at least fifty years. And in A HARMLESS LIE–an ideal point of entry for new readers–Blaedel has devised a labyrinth of a mystery for her, dense and dangerous. Come get lost in it."—A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“Five years after her last book in the series, Blaedel returns with a riveting story that combines a journalist’s investigation of a cold case with the police search for a missing woman. It’s tailor-made for Karin Slaughter’s readers.”—Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)

“Blaedel does a good job depicting abnormal psyches and, through harrowing flashbacks, the cliquish cruelty of adolescent girls. Scandinoir fans will be satisfied.”—Publishers Weekly

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Christine Lakin is such a good reader. And Blaedel’s writing is very good. Highly recommended.