Before We Were Strangers

Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.

Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool, autumn air. And then there’d been that other sound—the ominous thump before all went quiet.

In the morning, her mother was gone.

The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn’t sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen, anxious to leave her small, Texas hometown in search of anywhere else. But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn’t just difficult—he was deadly.

Now, another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if that means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend, and a father and brother who’d rather see her silenced. But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn’t whether she can uncover what really happened that night…it’s what will remain of her family if she does?

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Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.

Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool, autumn air. And then there’d been that other sound—the ominous thump before all went quiet.

In the morning, her mother was gone.

The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn’t sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen, anxious to leave her small, Texas hometown in search of anywhere else. But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn’t just difficult—he was deadly.

Now, another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if that means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend, and a father and brother who’d rather see her silenced. But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn’t whether she can uncover what really happened that night…it’s what will remain of her family if she does?

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Praise

Dark and chilling. Brenda Novak’s latest taut thriller draws you in from the very first page. Another winner!

Laura Griffin, New York Times Bestselling Author

Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-11-26T12:35:13-08:00

Laura Griffin, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Dark and chilling. Brenda Novak’s latest taut thriller draws you in from the very first page. Another winner!”
"Riveting drama and suspense from a master of the craft. I loved this twisty tale of friends, enemies, lovers, liars, and a family fractured by secrets. It's the perfect read to cozy up to on a long winter night."

Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-11-26T12:31:41-08:00

Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"Riveting drama and suspense from a master of the craft. I loved this twisty tale of friends, enemies, lovers, liars, and a family fractured by secrets. It's the perfect read to cozy up to on a long winter night."
"Secrets and family drama are at the heart of Brenda Novak’s Before We Were Strangers, in which a woman returns to her small Texas hometown determined to uncover the truth about her mother’s disappearance. Novak’s fans will devour this one, and the relentlessly twisty plot will win her some new fans, as well. This is the kind of book best swallowed in one sitting: suspenseful, surprising, and 100% addictive."

Kimberly S. Belle, Internationally Bestselling Author of The Marriage Lie

Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-11-26T12:30:43-08:00

Kimberly S. Belle, Internationally Bestselling Author of The Marriage Lie

"Secrets and family drama are at the heart of Brenda Novak’s Before We Were Strangers, in which a woman returns to her small Texas hometown determined to uncover the truth about her mother’s disappearance. Novak’s fans will devour this one, and the relentlessly twisty plot will win her some new fans, as well. This is the kind of book best swallowed in one sitting: suspenseful, surprising, and 100% addictive."
"Fascinating characters, powerful conflicts and complex emotions make any Brenda Novak book a must-read for me."

Sherryl Woods, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-11-26T12:32:54-08:00

Sherryl Woods, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"Fascinating characters, powerful conflicts and complex emotions make any Brenda Novak book a must-read for me."
“Realistic, often deeply flawed characters; well-handled multiple viewpoints; and a dark, twisty plot that will leave readers unsure until the very end keep the pages turning in this engrossing, insightful romantic thriller.”

Library Journal

Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-11-12T03:05:44-08:00

Library Journal

“Realistic, often deeply flawed characters; well-handled multiple viewpoints; and a dark, twisty plot that will leave readers unsure until the very end keep the pages turning in this engrossing, insightful romantic thriller.”
"What a book! Before We Were Strangers is dark and compelling, an excellent thriller with heart-pounding twists, full of secrets and lies, and all too real. This is Novak at her sweet and sinister best in a story that could be happening in the house next door. Who is telling the truth? You won't know until the explosive end..."

J.T. Ellison, New York Times Bestselling Author

Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-11-12T03:02:04-08:00

J.T. Ellison, New York Times Bestselling Author

"What a book! Before We Were Strangers is dark and compelling, an excellent thriller with heart-pounding twists, full of secrets and lies, and all too real. This is Novak at her sweet and sinister best in a story that could be happening in the house next door. Who is telling the truth? You won't know until the explosive end..."
A breathlessly suspenseful story... Leave a light on tonight!”

Catherine Coulter, New York Times Bestselling Author

Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-11-26T12:34:09-08:00

Catherine Coulter, New York Times Bestselling Author

“A breathlessly suspenseful story... Leave a light on tonight!”
"Teeming with riveting, hold-your-breath suspense, Brenda Novak’s Before We Were Strangers is a chilling exploration into how far one will go to discover the truth no matter the cost. Novak is at the top of her game with this gripping thriller. Prepare to be up all night!"

Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound

Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak (Book)
2018-11-26T12:28:59-08:00

Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound

"Teeming with riveting, hold-your-breath suspense, Brenda Novak’s Before We Were Strangers is a chilling exploration into how far one will go to discover the truth no matter the cost. Novak is at the top of her game with this gripping thriller. Prepare to be up all night!"
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