Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.
But days later, Selena’s nanny disappears.
Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.
I loved this – an almost old school psychological thriller with the twists and turns of the kind I love- not the in your face kind but the quiet, clever kind that take you by surprise in intelligently plotted ways.
This is all about the characters and who they are and were, wrapped up in a deliciously addictive mystery that keeps you turning the pages way past bedtime. A chance meeting on a train, two confessions and a parting of ways…or so Selena thinks but then her world becomes suddenly unknown to her.
Lisa Unger plays with perception and consistently defies assumption, that plus her trademark excellent writing make this an absolute must read for fans of twisty mysteries.