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Publisher's Summary

A shooting lays bare the secrets harbored by five families in a sleepy suburban cul-de-sac in this riveting psychological thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of All the Wrong Places.

Cul-de-sac proves once again that Joy Fielding is an ingenious master of domestic suspense.” (Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and number one national best-selling author of Woman on the Edge)

Someone on this quiet, unassuming cul-de-sac will be shot dead in the middle of a sultry July night.

Will it be Maggie, the perfectionist wife, or Craig, the husband who can’t quite live up to her expectations? They’ve packed up their two children and fled their life in California, hoping for a fresh start in Florida, only to find the demons of the past hovering on their doorstep.

Maybe it will be Nick, a highly respected oncologist, or his wife, Dani, a successful dentist, both with well-kept secrets of their own.

Or perhaps the victim will be Julia, an elderly widow, whose troubled grandson has recently moved in with her, introducing unsavory habits and even more unsavory acquaintances into her formerly quiet existence.

Then there’s Olivia and her husband, Sean. Having lost his job at a prestigious advertising agency, Sean is depressed, resentful of his working wife, and drinking heavily. He is also prone to increasingly violent fantasies.

And what of the newlyweds, Aiden and Heidi, whose marriage is already on the rocks, due to Aiden’s reluctance to stand up to his intrusive mother? Matters aren’t helped when Heidi befriends Julia’s grandson, setting the stage for a major blowup.

A diverse group of neighbors, to be sure. Yet all harbor secrets. All bear scars. And all have access to guns.

Not all will survive the night.

©2021 Joy Fielding (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Set within an upscale neighborhood brimming with dark secrets, this captivating thriller thrums with delicious foreboding on every page. I was entranced by the gifted storytelling and magnetic characters, whose twisted paths converge in a shocking, explosive climax. Cul-de-sac proves once again that Joy Fielding is an ingenious master of domestic suspense.” (Samantha M. Bailey, USA Today and number one national best-selling author of Woman on the Edge)

“In the residents of an ordinary-looking cul-de-sac, [Joy] Fielding has created some of her strongest, most compelling characters.... An outstanding thriller and a perfect beach read.” (Booklist, starred review)
 

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I rarely give a book 5 stars...

, but this was an incredibly engaging read. The plot was good, I was able to distinguish between each character and they had proper motivations. I get tired of many books that seem to drag on and are in need of a good editor.

I have read a lot of Joy Fielding's books and plan on reading some of her earlier works. I only hope that she will come out with another book sooner that the wait between this one and "All the Wrong Places."

I especially loved how she brought all her characters together in the "baseball" scene. She also writes older people very well. I noticed lately that younger people don't know how to write senior citizens

Audio version was superb with a very good narrator

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Very disappointed!

I love her books, but this is the worst one ever! Very plain and was waiting for a murder which didn’t happen before last 10 minutes😟. If this was my first book by this author, I would not have read any more, but luckily her other books are so much better!!

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Not bad.. 4star

It kept my interest. Had to know what these characters were up to.
Great job with character development. You learn about each character their motivations and feelings. The story moves along into a mystery of who and when this murder will happen and why. The story keeps you guessing, while you enjoy the families drama along the way. I enjoyed it. Great Narrator!

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Simply entertaining

Everything I want from a book. I listen to be entertained and I was. Characters were developed adequately and there was a moral which is sometimes lost with today’s ever political authors. Every last one of us have good and bad in us but it is how weak or how strong we are within as to how we cope. Some overcome and sometimes try as we might we can’t always overcome. The characters grew and found themselves and in some cases weakness was overcome and others it was not and that is life but a good storyline. Totally enjoyable

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Not for Me

I love this author but this book did not resonate with me. I felt like I was being lectured too about gun control and even being given statistics in one chapter. I'm all for listening to both sides of this issues, and I do. But I try to buy fiction books to get away from it all and this time I felt I was right back watching the news. I'll pick out a different one of Joy's books to read.

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Love it

I really love this story. My namesake Dani has been through the most but I’m glad of strength in the end. Different family and dramas but Julia was a piece of work. Great read and narrator

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thin plot, terrible reader

so this is your average Peyton Place, the problem is that instead of character development, the author keeps writing tidbits of gossipy dialogue that is read by someone who seems to struggle with some of the words and needs REAL work on how to give each character a different “sound”

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I am a huge fan of mysteries and as well as trendy psychological thrillers. But I just can't bear to keep listening to this one - it's too stereotypical . The sappy grandma with the young, hot, bad boy grandson, the PTSD military guy, the harried mom and the abusive surgeon - oh, and the mean mother-in-law. Kill me now - I can't go on. If you're looking for one of those simplistic beach reads - this will probably be right up your alley. If you want something more complex, pass on this one.

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pass

This book has a leading character who moved to Florida because of the liberal gun laws. 😂I gave up not too far in as she was insufferable. I’m writing this review because I want to save you the pain of a lost credit.

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One of the best books I’ve read this year.
And the best narrator I’ve ever listened to. By far