St. Martin's.Nov. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250085290. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250085306. F
Cass Connor appears to have a perfect life, complete with loving husband, three wonderful children, nice home, fulfilling career, fun-filled vacations, and a nanny. Despite her seemingly idyllic home life and career as a university journalism professor, Cass detects cracks in her two-year marriage to second husband Ryan. When she is introduced to Ryan's malevolent side, Cass suspects that he may be plotting her demise. Can Cass employ her investigative skills to unequivocally prove that Ryan is trying to harm her, or will she simply be dismissed as paranoid and delusional? As her suspicions grow and her physical symptoms intensify, Cass's life quickly becomes unhinged, and she's left to confront the biggest challenge—saving herself and her children—before time runs out.
VERDICT Niederhoffer's (A Taxonomy of Barnacles) latest is a tense, addictive thriller. The abrupt ending might disappoint, but this nail-bitingly delicious read will certainly cause readers to think twice about marriages that seem too good to be true.

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