Kate and Mannix O'Brien of Limerick, Ireland have a lot of the regular issues like most families have. They have the financial as well as the stress of a son that is constantly being picked on at school by some bullies. Izzy, their daughter is upset about mom and dad not dealing effectively with Ferg's issues. Izzie takes on the responsibility of her little brother. It’s hard for an eleven-year-old little girl. She's not being allowed to be a little girl. She has too much responsibility. Kate thinks house swapping for a vacation might solve some of their problems. Can this be done on minimal finances?
Hazel and Oscar Harvey reside in Manhattan, New York and live in a beautiful apartment. They, too, have two children. Appearances are deceiving. They seem like the perfect family, but they have real problems too.
The two couples and their children decide to swap homes for a vacation and maybe getting away will help solve some of the problems. This was especially nice for Hazel. She grew up in Ireland and is anxious to show her family the sites. It didn't take long before both families discover some hidden secrets that the other family was trying to keep hidden.
The author gives the reader a story that has believable characters and allows you to form your own opinion as you turn each page. As you read each page, you discover that the author is leading you in a different path. This is a psychological thriller that is sure to get your mind to working as to what is going on. Hidden secrets are hard to keep hidden for long. Eventually, they surface and usually cause a lot of problems.
The author gave the reader characters that were believable as if they were your friends or neighbors. Be prepared for a lot tangled web situations and surprises. Great Book.
A gripping debut psychological thriller for fans of The Silent Wife and The Wicked Girls about two families in crisis and a holiday house swap gone terribly wrong
“She would never have fit as neatly into the trunk of his own car.” Limerick, Ireland: the O’Brien family’s driveway. American Oscar Harvey opens the trunk of his hosts’ car and finds the body of a woman, beaten and bloody. But let’s start at the beginning.
Kate and Mannix O’Brien live by Curragower Falls in Limerick, in a lovely house they can barely afford. Their autistic son Fergus is bullied at school, and their daughter Izzy blames herself, wishing she could protect him. Kate decides that her family needs a vacation, and is convinced her luck’s about to change when she spots a gorgeous Manhattan apartment on a home-exchange website.
Hazel and Oscar Harvey and their two children live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Though they seem successful and happy, Hazel has mysterious bruises, and Oscar is hiding things about his dental practice. They, too, need a change of pace. Hazel has always wanted her children to see her native Limerick, and the house swap offers a perfect chance to soothe two troubled marriages. But this will be anything but a perfect vacation. And the body in the trunk is just the beginning.