Kept in the Dark by Penny Hancock
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At the house next door, respectability can hide all manner of sins

Fans of Tampa by Alissa Nutting and New York Times bestsellers Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Room by Emma Donoghue, and The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison will love Penny Hancock’s chilling debut thriller about a woman on the edge. When her neighbor’s fifteen-year-old nephew goes missing, Sonia is the last person that anyone would suspect. At forty-three, she is a strikingly attractive wife and mother. And like the River House, her lovely home overlooking the Thames, Sonia’s life is a picture of perfection and normalcy—until she meets Jez. From the moment he shows up on Sonia’s doorstep, the gorgeous teenage boy awakens a torrent of memories that threaten to reveal a terrifying truth. Drawn to Jez by a compulsion that she scarcely understands, Sonia takes him captive—prepared to sacrifice everything to keep him.


About Penny Hancock

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PENNY HANCOCK lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.
Published August 28, 2012 by Plume. 346 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hancock gradually unveils the sinister parallels between Sonia’s tortured infatuation with Seb and her obsession with Jez and creates enough sympathy for both Helen and Sonia that, despite the fact that one is a criminal and the other is criminally negligent, we root for both.

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In British author Hancock’s stunning debut, a psychological thriller set over less than a week, a respectable married woman kidnaps a 15-year-old boy and holds him captive in her historic Thames-side London house.

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