Somebody’s Home

Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. Jan. 2022. 314p. ISBN 9781542026116. pap. $15.95. SUSPENSE
Rouda’s (The Next Wife) tensely woven plot tackles family dysfunction and tough societal issues with nail-biting precision and frighteningly dark realism. The Dean and Jones families come from profoundly different stations in life but now are irrevocably linked through the house at 123 Cherry Hill Lane. Pastor Doug Dean, his wife Sandi, and their two young sons are vacating the house. Doug’s 23-year-old son Tom has promised to leave the backyard carriage house several days after the new owners occupy the home. Julie Jones fled her billionaire husband Roger and their oceanfront mansion and purchased the Deans’ charming but smaller home on the other side of town. She is hoping for a new beginning for herself and teenage daughter Jess. Behind a facade of normalcy, each family is hiding ugly secrets waiting to erupt. Within days, their lives will intersect and be forever changed.
VERDICT Suspense and thriller readers will be on the edge of their seats for this novel that exposes the dark underbelly of human nature.
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