Family therapist Kate Sinclair repairs other people's troubled lives, all the while revelling in her stable marriage and handsome home. But there are pieces of her past that are less than tidy, and the carefully constructed edifice of her life comes tumbling down when her half-sister JoLynn announces her plans to marry one Colin Friendly, on trial for the killings of thirteen women declared missing in the Palm Beach area.
As if this isn't enough, Kate's rebellious daughter, Sara seems to be coming under JoLynn's influence, and her mother is swatting salesmen in sports shops with golf clubs and disappearing from the managed-care home she lives in. Into the fray comes the smooth-talking Robert, Kate's high school crush, now the owner of a string of radio stations that are covering Colin Friendly's trial.
To say that nothing will ever be the same again for Kate Sinclair or any other member of her family is to understate the case for this compulsively readable look at the razor-thin line that separates daily domesticity from throat-clenching horror.
Joy Fielding is the author of Don't Cry Now, Tell Me No Secrets, See Jane Run, Good Intentions, The Deep End, Life Penalty, The Other Woman, Kiss Mommy Goodbye, Trance, The Transformation, and The Best of Friends. A graduate of the University of Toronto, she divides her time between homes in Toronto and Palm Beach.
"The maven of domestic terror." —St. Louis Post Dispatch