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The Fiancée
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The Fiancée
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"A tense, simmering, fast-paced mystery, Kate White's latest captivating thriller explores the secrets that lurk just under the surface of a picture-perfect façade. I raced through this story...
"A tense, simmering, fast-paced mystery, Kate White's latest captivating thriller explores the secrets that lurk just under the surface of a picture-perfect façade. I raced through this story...
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  • "A tense, simmering, fast-paced mystery, Kate White's latest captivating thriller explores the secrets that lurk just under the surface of a picture-perfect façade. I raced through this story about a close-knit family's annual gathering at an idyllic estate that quickly turns deadly. The Fiancée kept me guessing until the very end, never sure who to trust—or where the danger was hiding."—Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest and The Girl from Widow Hills

    The New York Times bestselling author returns with an unsettling but riveting psychological thriller about a captivating woman who joins a family and threatens to upend their picture-perfect lives.

    They had everything they needed for a perfect family vacation: close-knit relatives, a bucolic setting . . . and a murderer in their midst?

    Summer's looking forward to a break from hustling for acting work in Manhattan when she, her husband Gabe, and Gabe's nine-year-old son arrive at the annual family get-together at her in-laws' sprawling estate. On the agenda are leisurely gourmet meals, tennis matches, and plenty of relaxation by the pool.

    But this year, Gabe's brother Nick has invited his new flame Hannah, whom Summer immediately recognizes from a few years before. Oddly, her brother-in-law's girlfriend claims not to know her. Yet she charms the other family members, and after Nick announces that he's proposed to Hannah, Summer doesn't have much choice but to grin and bear it.

    Then the reunion is rocked by tragedy when a family member is found dead. Though the doctors attribute the loss to natural causes, a grieving Summer fears that the too-good-to-be-true Hannah is involved, even as Gabe dismisses her suspicions.

    How far will Summer go to expose the truth? As she investigates just what Nick's fiancée might have done to keep her perfect image intact, she begins to fear that the first death might only be the beginning . . .

About the Author-

  • Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of eight standalone psychological thrillers, including Have You Seen Me? (2020) and the upcoming The Fiancée (June 2021), as well as eight Bailey Weggins mysteries, including Such a Perfect Wife, which was nominated for an International Thriller Writers Award. Kate, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, is also the author of several popular career books for women, including I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve and Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead, as well the editor of the Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 19, 2021
    This skillfully constructed page-turner from bestseller White (Have You Seen Me?) opens with actor Summer Keaton heading, along with her husband, Gabe, and her nine-year-old stepson, for Gabe’s parents’ country home in Bucks County, Pa., for their annual family vacation, where all four Keaton brothers and their partners will be gathering. However, this year the picture-perfect holiday is marred for Summer by the arrival of actor Hannah Kane, the new fiancée of one of Gabe’s twin brothers. Summer recognizes Hannah from an acting showcase they both participated in two years earlier, but Hannah denies taking part in it. Why lie about something so innocent? Summer expresses her worry to Gabe, who shrugs off her concerns and suggests that her suspicions might be motivated by envy. When a family member dies of what appears to be a heart attack, only Summer believes the death to be murder. Then someone else dies, and the perfect Keaton clan’s facade starts to crumble, revealing devastating secrets and lies. Expert pacing, characters readers can love to hate, and an intelligent heroine make this a winner. White consistently entertains. Agent: Sandra Dijkstra, Sandra Dijkstra & Assoc. Literary.

  • Library Journal

    May 1, 2021

    Struggling voiceover actress and playwright Summer is so looking forward to a much-needed vacation with her husband Gabe and his young son Henry. Gabe's parents have a bucolic estate in Pennsylvania with extensive gardens and lovely cottages, perfect for Summer's rest and rejuvenation. Gabe's three brothers and their partners are coming to Pennsylvania too, and it should be a lovely gathering. But something's not quite right when Summer meets her brother-in-law's fianc�e Hannah, another actress. Summer is sure they've met before, yet the alluring Hannah denies it, without any apparent reason for the deception. When a family member dies suddenly, this likable group begins to show subtle signs of distrust and jealousy. Summer is convinced the death was not an accident. Then a second death at the estate leaves no question. VERDICT White (The Secrets You Keep) creates a twisty family drama that maintains subdued tension as Summer seeks answers. While the novel is not exceptional, and the conclusion takes too long to wrap up dangling details, it is a welcome addition to popular fiction collections.--Gloria Drake, Oswego P.L. Dist., IL

    Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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