I'm a professional reader
I read so that you don't have to
I can read for you and your colleagues
I can make you look smart
And I can throw your life into disarray
Paul is a professional reader, struggling in a world that snubs literature. His luck seems about to change when Stanley, a rich Wall Street analyst, hires Paul to read for him and his girlfriend, Stella.
Paul is promised success, wealth, and the overpowering hope of getting his estranged wife back.
But as he enters this life where deception and misery lurk beneath the gilded surface, and where things are never what they seem, he realizes that Stanley's gifts require moral compromises.
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"With masterful construction, this is literary fiction at its best."
A missing teenage boy. Three friends who know what happened. A secret they swear never to tell. Until the secret comes back to haunt them... thirty years later.
Jack, Matt, Cassie, and Lisa are four friends growing up on "The Edge", a cul-de-sac in the 80s. The alpha male, the lucky one, the goody-two shoes, and the glamorous hottie that all the boys want. On the outside, they seem to have it all. Yet inside, the teens are shattered in pieces. It is their unbreakable friendship with each other that prevents them from falling apart. Until the one night when tragedy is set forth into motion by their actions, leaving one of the four dead... and missing. The remaining three swear to never speak of that night again... or to each other. They go their separate ways, hoping to bury their mistakes and the past.
Thirty years later, one of the friends gets an ominous message. Someone is digging into their past and threatening to expose their secret. Who is it and what do they really want? Is their secret the only thing that isn't safe, or are their lives in danger, too?
At six o'clock sharp the big train left the station but a big whistle did not blow. It was, after all, just another journey on the gurney and no one ever called out, "All Aboard!". By half-past six the execution had gone off without a hitch and that Texas convict, tucked sweet beneath the sheets and forever finished sure, got wheeled out straight through the Death House door.
And later that same night, after another gun had gone off beneath the shade of a waning moon, two men fled the little prison city of Huntsville, Texas and headed back to Houston. It was all a blood up and lust to dust kind of moment in a capsized adventure gone wrong and the only thing left was a near empty nickel bag of weed between them and a split 8-Ball up their noses. It was cocaine the old fashioned way, sucked up either side of the septum, and the two men, just a touch stoned and a little liquored up, all ablaze in high dollar hope and paranoia, figured they just might get through the night - and their whole damned lives - without the dying.
But the dying was up ahead.
And then they spoke of the girl they left behind.
In an insta-worthy neighborhood, she thought her skeletons were safe in the closet. But life in suburbia isn't always picture perfect...
Elizabeth Mavery needs a fresh start after her husband slept with another woman. Nervous to move to a new town, she's surprised when she's welcomed by the local in-crowd. But when an unknown blogger begins posting the group's darkest secrets, she fears her dirty laundry is bound to be aired.
With her mental health and marriage both at breaking points, Elizabeth does her best to mask her anxiety. But as the toxicity of social media overwhelms her closest friend, having her past exposed becomes the least of her worries.
Will Elizabeth's new life be shattered before she can even finish unpacking?
The Secrets We Keep is the page-turning first book in the Waterford Novels women's fiction series. If you like scandalous gossip, secret affairs, and infiltrating high-end cliques, then you'll love Mia Hayes' tell-all tale.
Buy The Secrets We Keep to uncover the real dirt today!