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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of the The Swap explores what happens when a seemingly perfect family is pushed to the edge...and beyond in this “propulsive, constantly surprising” (Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of The Girls Are All So Nice Here) thriller.

Thomas and Viv Adler are the envy of their neighbors: attractive, successful, with well-mannered children and a beautifully restored home. 

Until one morning, when they wake up to find their porch has been pelted with eggs. It’s a prank, Thomas insists; the work of a few out-of-control kids. But when a smoke bomb is tossed on their front lawn, and their car’s tires are punctured, the family begins to worry. Surveillance cameras show nothing but grainy images of shadowy figures in hoodies. And the police dismiss the attacks, insisting they’re just the work of bored teenagers. Unable to identify the perpetrators, the Adlers are helpless as the assaults escalate into violence, and worse. And each new violation brings with it a growing fear. Because everyone in the Adler family is keeping a secret - not just from the outside world, but from each other. And secrets can be very dangerous....

This twisty, addictively thrilling suspense novel about a perfect family’s perfect façade will keep you turning pages until its explosive ending.

©2021 Robyn Harding. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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This is a good listen, even though it seemed repetitive at times and silly. And the characters are ALL unlikable. I didn’t feel sorry for any one of them. No trust among the friends. Very deceitful family who lie and hide information from each other. Entitled kids who dislike their parents. That their house was continuously vandalized and violated and the police did nothing is unbelievable and frustrating😤. I was glad when this ended but very disappointed in the ending. The narrators were good, some of the women were whiny.

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First world problems

Entitled adults and kids keeping silly secrets from each other. Everyone jumps to conclusions and no one talks to each other.

The story is told from 4 separate viewpoints. It is very repetitive and tedious because each character agonizes and drones on about the same event. By the end, I was definitely rooting for the vandal.

The male narrators were both pretty awful.

Skip this one, there's nothing special or compelling about it.

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characters were very annoying at times...

I did not like the daughter, she was dramatic and needed to get over herself. she was very immature no matter how mature she tried to seem and I hated her character. the wife/mom was pathetic to me and had no backbone or much of a storyline. the dad was a typical cheating husband and the wife was the typical out-of-sight-out-of-mind kinda woman. the son also has no spine, he was hesitant to protect his family against the vandals and he doesn't have the morals to say something when he see's something wrong or do anything about it. I guess I just wonder why they all had to be such bad people? I guess to have plausible reasons why people are targeting them, but I think they could used some redeeming qualities, it would've made us feel bad for them a little more. also, I swear I must be missing something because at the end the story still isn't completely resolved, so did I miss the hints that I need to figure out who is still harassing them? there were multiple people harassing the family and few instances weren't explained.

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Very Robyn Harding-esque

I enjoyed this book because it was written in true Robyn Harding fashion. If you enjoy her style and her character structures, you will enjoy this book as well. Can't wait for next year's release!

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Seriously???

There was not a likable character in this book! The only reason I listened to the whole thing was b/c I had to figure out who was behind all the nonsense.

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similar to the party

good read. the book was very similar to the party in all aspects! good book

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Credibility gaps

The good: Harding’s pacing and prose are strong points of hers, making the book flow effortlessly. On the other hand in this genre, the editors should be asking: will readers believe these characters are real? That’s a problem for 3 of her four main characters, who frustrate the reader through naïveté, illogical choices and reactions. One is particularly thick, and another starts smelling awfully like an unreliable narrator early on - a literary device that worked well in gone girl but has found little joy ever since. Performances are up to par for all characters except Eli, whose monotone is irksome.

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amateur

the story line was predictable, shallow and just stupid. would be good for teens maybe?