Other People's Secrets
Baby’s down—and could be out for good—when she faces off with forces bent on turning her lakeside paradise into a living hell, for fans of Alissa Nutting and Amy Engel.
Baby’s heart is in the right place, but she’s got problems—namely, a fierce taste for booze and an on-again, off-again boyfriend who can't commit. She’s living and working at Oakwood Hills, a crumbling lakeside resort, with her friends, Crystal Nugget and DJ Overalls, reeling since her adoptive mom died of a stroke. And now, the return of the local drug kingpin, Bad Mike, is about to throw her already unstable summer into full-blown chaos.
To make matters worse, the owner of Oakwood Hills announces plans to sell the resort to Amelia, her boyfriend's wealthy twin sister, who plans to renovate it, sucking the life out of the only home Baby's ever known. Desperate to thwart the sale, Baby and her friends decide to try to recover a sunken treasure rumored to be sitting at the bottom of the lake. But Bad Mike also has his eyes on the prize and when the search gets criminal, Baby will be forced to walk down a road full of hidden secrets that will change how she sees herself—and her life—forever.
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: September 6, 2022
“Clever and endlessly compelling, Other People’s Secrets hooks you from the very first sentence and doesn’t let go. This book, like its messy and endearing protagonist Dumpster Baby, is full of both heart and razor-sharp edges, and it’s one you won’t want to miss.”
—Brianna Labuskes, bestselling author of A Familiar Sight
“Other People''s Secrets has all the things I demand of a crime novel: fun dialogue, quick pacing, a perfectly plotted quest, and a legitimately terrifying meth dealer. It''s also got a thing too precious to demand of anything, and that''s heart. This book is full of funny, flawed, real characters whose humanity and depth reaches out from every page. I read it cover-to-cover in three days.”
—Andrew Battershill, award-winning author for Marry, Bang, Kill.
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Meredith Hambrock is a writer living in Vancouver, BC. A finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize and The House of Anansi/Broken Social Scene Short Fiction Competition, she's been published in several prominent literary journals and magazines. She also writes for television, most recently for "Corner Gas Animated," a reboot of one of Canada's most successful sitcoms. "Other People's Secrets" is her first novel.
Tags: Adult, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Crime