English actress Claire Wright is struggling to find employment in America. With no green card, the only work she can get is in honey trap operations. When one of her targets is suspected of murdering his wife, she is convinced to go undercover to get a confession and she soon realises his wife may not be his first kill. Constantly moving and turning, this is a slippery eel of a novel, full of sharp, crunchy writing and a heavy punch of an ending.
- Donal Harding, Dubray Bray
In this twisty psychological thriller from the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Girl Before, an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation
I'm just an actress. I wanted to stand on a stage and have people applaud. How on earth did I get into all this?
Claire Wright likes to play other people.
A struggling British actress, in New York without a green card, Claire needs work. She takes the only part she's offered: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands, catching them on tape with their seductive propositions.
Never hit on them directly. Make it clear you're available, but they have to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not entrapment. The innocent should have nothing to hide.
Then the game changes.
When the police start investigating one of Claire's targets for murdering his wife - and potentially others too - they ask her to help lure their suspect into a confession. Claire can do this. She assumes a voice and an attitude, something from an old film noir. A masterclass in deception. But who's deceiving who?
And that's when Claire realises she's playing the deadliest role of her life . . .
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