The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard

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Critically acclaimed author of The Mourning Hours and The Fragile World, Paula Treick DeBoard returns with a tale of dark secrets, shocking lies and a dangerous obsession that will change one neighborhood forever 

Liz McGinnis never imagined herself living in a luxurious gated community like The Palms. Ever since she and her family moved in, she's felt like an outsider amongst the Stepford-like wives and their obnoxiously spoiled children. Still, she's determined to make it work—if not for herself, then for her husband, Phil, who landed them this lavish home in the first place, and for her daughter, Danielle, who's about to enter high school. 

Yet underneath the glossy veneer of The Palms, life is far from idyllic. In a place where reputation is everything, Liz soon discovers that even the friendliest residents can't be trusted. So when the gorgeous girl next door befriends Danielle, Liz can't help but find sophisticated Kelsey's interest in her shy and slightly nerdy daughter a bit suspicious. 

But while Kelsey quickly becomes a fixture in the McGinnis home, Liz's relationships with both Danielle and Phil grow strained. Now even her own family seems to be hiding things, and it's not long before their dream of living the high life quickly spirals out of control…

About Paula Treick DeBoard

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Paula Treick DeBoard lives with her husband Will and their four-legged brood in Modesto, CA. She received a BA in English from Dordt College, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine and a practical education from countless students in her English classes over the years. The Mourning Hours is her first novel.
Published May 1, 2016 by MIRA. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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The promise of a paradise in a gated community, The Palms, is blown apart as Liz McGinnis and husband Phil discover that the neighborhood harbors dark secrets, deception, and a too-ready willingness for its denizens to pretend that danger exists only in the outside world. Liz works at the high sc...

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When Phil McGinnis is offered a job at the Palms, an affluent, exclusive community of posh homes and bored women, his wife, Liz, and stepdaughter, Danielle, move with him from a cramped rental to a lavish 4,000-square-foot home. Liz, feeling like an outsider, is reluctant to get involved in this ...

May 01 2016 | Read Full Review of The Drowning Girls