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Publisher's Summary

Two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author!

A chilling story set in a former Magdalen Laundry in Manhattan that explores today’s #MeToo complexities.

"In a twisting, mesmerizing story that is as beautifully written as it is utterly propulsive, Goodman keeps us breathlessly turning the pages right to the shocking and poignant end. I absolutely loved this layered and moving novel!” (Lisa Unger, New York Times best-selling author)

You’re never really alone

Journalist Joan Lurie has written a seething article exposing a notorious newspaper tycoon as a sexual predator. But the night it goes live, she is brutally attacked. Traumatized and suffering the effects of a concussion, she moves into a highly secure apartment in Manhattan called the Refuge, which was at one time a Magdalen Laundry. Joan should be safe here, so how can she explain the cryptic incidents that are happening?

Lillian Day is Joan’s new 96-year-old neighbor at the Refuge. In 1941, Lillian witnessed a mysterious murder that sent her into hiding at the Magdalen Laundry, and she hasn’t come out since. As she relates to Joan her harrowing story, Joan sees striking similarities to her own past.

Melissa Osgood, newly widowed and revengeful, has burning questions about her husband’s recent death. When she discovers a suspicious paper trail that he left behind, she realizes how little she knew about her marriage. But it seems Joan Lurie might be the one who has the answers. 

As these three lives intersect, each woman must stay one step ahead of those who are desperate to make sure the truth is never uncovered.

©2021 Carol Goodman (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 07-10-21

MeToo Redux

The narration is excellent, the story is just OK. It is a mash up reminiscent of various recent high profile MeToo scandals. As a result, the plot feels borrowed rather than original.

The protagonist is supposed to be an intelligent investigative reporter, but she does some pretty stupid things that stretch credibility. I lost patience with her behavior.

She is drugged and assaulted in her home, with no memory of what was done to her and a lingering loss of vision. She does not call the police or go to a hospital. She moves into a new apartment for security and seclusion, but does no research on the building's history. (It was the NY version of the Irish Magdalen Laundry). She also fails to read her co-op agreement, which includes imporant info about secret doors hidden in each apartment. She burns through her multi million dollar book advance without doing any real work on her book.

I found Lilian's side story to be distracting and unnecessary filler.

I think the author must have received compensation from Grubhub, Daily Harvest, and Fresh Direct, based on the number of "casual" mentions they receive in the book.

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Just WOW!

My husband and I listened to this on a multi-stage trip. We were totally spellbound with the storyline as well as the narration, and as we approached the end, we were both in tears! A must read!!!! Wish I could give it 10 stars!

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Loved this complex mystery!

This is a great book with twist. Fascinating take on the greed of people and their need to be heard and the sad consequences that happen to the innocent ones along the way. Must listen to this one with a great ending!

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Spellbound

Surprises that held me spellbound. I found each chapter making me want to know more.

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amazing

one of the best books I have ever read, the ups and downs. twists turns. amazingly written and the suspense was good

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The best use of a credit in a long time

Wow!! What a great story. It resonates for today and the past. It really gets it.

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great story, had to get used to the narrator

loved the story. However, it took a bit to get used to the narrator. i had to speed it up as she talked so slow! But when that was all dealt with I was hooked and wanted to know how it would end so badly that I couldn't stop listening!

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  • 07-17-21

really annoying

hard to follow with two main characters sounding exactly the same. the narrators voice had an annoying American habit of using inflection as if every statement was a question. also annoying how two stories combined and I just lost track constantly.

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  • Sarah M.
  • 07-12-21

Perfection

Absolutely loved it. The perfect thriller: narrated by two opposing female voices, it's full of twists and turns, and it will give you food for thought too. I can't wait to read more from this author!

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  • 07-07-21

Great story

I really have enjoyed this. Such a clever plot with the three women’s stories intertwined….at times a bit much but still very entertaining. My only gripe are the voices of the narrators which are quite difficult to hear.
Otherwise a super story.