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Book Jacket

Confessions on the 7:45
by Lisa Unger
6 Oct 2020
368 pages
Publisher: Park Row Books
ISBN-13: 9780778310150
Genre: Thrillers
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From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies and deceit.

Be careful to whom you tell your darkest secrets…

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she's been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena's station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

But days later, Selena's nanny disappears.

Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she'll discover.

Expertly plotted and reminiscent of the timeless classic Strangers on a Train, Confessions on the 7:45 is a gripping thriller about the delicate facades we create around our lives.

"Unger explores the complexities of marriage and the devastation wrought by infidelity using keenly rendered characters and a prismatic narrative...diabolically clever...Unger just keeps getting better." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Absorbing…Reminiscent of Strangers on a Train and The Grifters, Unger's novel provides a master class in plotting." - Booklist (starred review)

"A chance meeting—or is it?—with a stranger on a train tilts Selena Murphy's tidy world upside-down in this taut, beautifully-written novel. What elevates Lisa Unger's psychological thriller to a new level are her shrewd insights into the dynamics of a seemingly ideal marriage." - Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl

"Lisa Unger expertly unravels the layers of mystery and deceit at the heart of this chilling thriller. What begins with a missing woman and a chance encounter twists with each new discovery, taking a sharp look at the people we think we know. A gripping, haunting story that kept me guessing until the very end." - Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest

"Confessions on the 7:45 is a masterclass in storytelling. The pacing, the characters, and the story are all pitch-perfect. This is an unforgettable novel." - Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It

"Confessions on the 7:45 is a stellar work of psychological suspense—rich, deep, and full of surprises. Lisa Unger grabs you, pulls you in, and keeps you guessing. Read it!" - Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of The Dark Corners of the Night

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by ELIZABETH @Silver's Reviews
Be sure it is in your TBR
Strangers telling each other their deepest secrets starts the ball rolling as we find many characters with secrets, characters who tell lies, characters who are manipulative, and characters who aren’t who they seem.

Martha and Selena meet by chance on the train coming home, and they exchange secrets.

Martha is having an affair with her boss.

Selena saw in the nanny camera that her husband was having an affair with the nanny.

Martha replied by saying that maybe the nanny will disappear, and then the nanny does disappear.

Selena doesn't reply but regrets telling her secret.

What do all of these characters have to do with each other and with the events that have been happening?

There are quite a few characters to keep straight and characters that cross paths, but how do they all fit in and connect?

CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45 is truly addictive. It is one surprise after another.

You won’t want to put it down because of the writing and the cunning, who-do-you-believe characters and the who-could-think-of these things that are happening.

Make sure this book makes it into your TBR for this fall. 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Nic Hunter
Great characters intertwined
First book I have read by this author, certainly will not be the last. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the mix of complex characters. Took me a while to get the feeling of who everyone was, each chapter switches between them all, was worried I would get confused but that was not the case. The characters were intertwined and soon made sense where they fitted into the story.
Some of the revelations you could see coming but that did not take away from the story at all, it was written in such a way as to still surprise you. The story really gripped me and I spent a few late nights after the kids were in bed reading 'just one more chapter' as I really wanted to get through the book quickly to see the outcome.
The characters are unique, some likeable and some not so much, but they all grew on me and I really had to see where the story took them.
This is one suspense story that should not be misseed, fabulously written and a great read.

Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels, including The Stranger Inside. With millions of readers worldwide and books published in twenty-six languages, Lisa Unger is widely regarded as a master of suspense. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Ruth Rendell and Agatha Christie. The Edgar-nominated Under My Skin is also a finalist for the prestigious Hammett Prize, and the Macavity Award for Best Novel. And the original short story "The Sleep Tight Motel" is a #1 bestselling single.

Unger's critically acclaimed books have been voted "Best of the Year" or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.

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