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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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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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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 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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I give it a good solid meh

I'm about four hours in to this book and I'm thinking I'll be able to finish it...hopefully some of the female characters in it will develop some backbone. As a women I get so, so tired of reading about women who tolerate bad behavior from their partners ranging from lying to financial manipulation to physical abuse to straight-up rape. So far every woman in this story is a good little doormat for her man, hiding bruises, making excuses, blaming themselves for their man's shortcomings. The narration is OK, but all read in a sweet, June Cleaver-esque way, which is appropriate, I guess, since the children treat their mothers about as badly as the men, the only maternal discipline being a slightly harsh "Honey!" I'll come back and edit this review if any of the women decide to stand up for themselves. If not, I'll just leave this here and skip anything else by this author in the future.

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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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Cul-de-sac

You never know what is really going on behind closed doors. How well do you really know your neighbors?

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Enjoyable

I was very interested to listen to this book. I enjoy listens where you can really get to know the characters and be involved in their lives like they’re people you know. I’ve read the reviews of this and saw the mixed messages. I’m on the side of those that enjoyed it. This is the first time I’ve listened to this author and was very impressed. In my twenties I knew a woman like the character of Dannie. Happily she was able to take her child and leave without further injury to herself and the boyfriend. So domestic abuse hurts my heart. The one character that annoyed me was Erin, Maggie’s daughter. The girl needed to be put in her place. No 16 year old girl should be speaking to their mother the way that girl did. The other character that got on my nerves was Lisa as well. But regardless of how they made me feel they were all relatable and engaging characters. Hand clap 👏🏻

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Quite possibly the worst book I’ve ever read

I read a lot of books and this one has to be one of the worst. The authors obvious obsession with gun control made this a corny propaganda piece. Even if that’s your thing this book still lacks a story to go along with the agenda. There is not one likable character and even worse nothing happens until the last 5 minutes. Do not waste your time with this one. I will be returning it and I’m embarrassed I even finished it.