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Mysterious newcomer Roux introduces a "harmless" drinking game of sharing secrets to Amy's book club. Roux already knows one secret, and the game escalates into a war of dark pasts in a twisting novel of suspense that the Wallstreet Journal calls the "perfect beach read."

INDIE NEXT Pick, Library Reads Pick, One of CrimeReads’ Most Anticipated Crime Books of Summer, SIBA Okra Pick, and Named a Best Book by USA Today • People • Time • Entertainment Weekly • Bustle and more

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Don’t play games you can’t afford to lose…

Amy Whey loves her ordinary life with a devoted professor husband, a spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son, and a job she loves teaching Scuba diving. But all she holds dear will unravel when the mysterious Angelica Roux drops into her book club.

Sultry and magnetic, Roux keeps the wine flowing and lures the group into what seems like a naughty, harmless game of spilling secrets. But Amy realizes something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did.

If Amy doesn’t give Roux what she wants, what she deserves, Roux will make Amy pay for her sins. To protect her family and the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins.

"Best-selling Jackson successfully trades her usual quirky Southern lit for darker psychological suspense in this latest highly recommended novel. Her prowess at writing affecting, character-driven fiction is on full display, and readers will devour the twisty, consuming story."


"Jackson’s novel is chock-full of dramatic reveals and twisty turns...

Be warned: It’s a stay-up-all-night kind of book. Compulsively readable."


"Wonderful—suspense and surprises, real characters, and a scary, ominous black beat. This feels like the novel Jackson was born to write."


#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

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