Just the Nicest Couple by Mary Kubica, 5 Stars

Two couples, two close friends, one missing husband…

Jake Hayes is missing. This much is certain. At first, his wife, Nina, thinks he is blowing off steam at a friend’s house after their heated fight the night before. But then a day goes by. Two days. Five. And Jake is still nowhere to be found.

Lily Scott, Nina’s friend and coworker, thinks she may have been the last to see Jake before he went missing. After Lily confesses everything to her husband, Christian, the two decide that nobody can find out what happened leading up to Jake’s disappearance, especially not Nina. But Nina is out there looking for her husband, and she won’t stop until the truth is discovered.

Queen of suspense Mary Kubica delivers a high-octane, edge-of-your-seat thriller filled with delicious lies and shocking betrayals, and shows how even the deepest secrets will always find a way to the surface.

My Review:

You guys, Just the Nicest Couple was the best book. Lily and Christian are a middle-ish class couple living slightly above their means. She’s a teacher and he’s got a corporate job, but they sacrificed a lot for their dream house, a reasonable home with an amazing waterfront view. Their biggest wish is to start a family and they’ve had a lot of trouble doing just that. But just as the book starts, Lily falls pregnant.

Nina, a friend who Lily met because they teach together, lives a very different life. Her husband, Jake, is hugely successful and they have a ton of money. Still, the couples are friendly, getting together for dinner or drinks at each other’s houses a couple times a year. Pretty innocent, right?

We all know there is usually far more going on under the surface. After an altercation between Lily and Jake in the woods, Jake has gone missing. Lily is terrified even though she acted in self-defense and Christian is even more terrified because he doesn’t want to lost his perfect life. Throw in the fact that Nina and Jake were somewhat estranged due to the time she has been spending with her ailing mother and it all sets the scene for a rapidly developing thriller.

Kubica is truly the Queen of Suspense and her newest, Just the Nicest Couple, is not to be missed. Special thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Trade publishing for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out January 10. Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore.

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