Rachel Michael Arends


What if the real you was the one person your husband couldn’t ever meet?
Jane Johansen has carefully crafted a seemingly perfect life. She’s blessed with an adoring husband, Edward, two unwavering best friends, a powerful corporate job, and a high-security penthouse.
Then one day, Jane is unceremoniously fired, Edward’s father abruptly dies—and Jane’s painstakingly-built world starts crashing down around her. Edward decides they should move to his North Carolina hometown, to settle into suburbia surrounded by his large, extended family. But Jane knows that she can never truly fit in to this happy world, for she has never explained the truth of her life to Edward.
Jane hopes moving south will allow her to escape the shadows of her past: her time-warped mother, the trauma of her college years that has left her scarred, and her terrifying ex-boyfriend, who has been recently paroled. Most haunting is Jane’s oldest and worst friend, who has been trying to track her down with the determination of a bloodhound . . .
Weaving the defining moments of a woman’s past into the suspenseful unraveling of her present, this is a thought-provoking novel that will have readers enthralled from start to finish.
248 printed pages
Original publication


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