Walsh’s novel, published Tuesday by Pamela Dorman/Viking, tells the story of a journalist who learns that his wife, a marine ecologist and former TV personality, has been lying about her past. In a starred review, a critic for Kirkus called the book “a propulsive thriller with heart that will keep readers guessing.”
“If it hadn’t been for work, I would have been able to finish this book in a day,” she said. “It has so many twists and turns, it will keep you guessing right until the very last page.”
Walsh is the author of a previous novel, Ghosted, which became a New York Times bestseller when it was published in 2018.
Walsh reacted to her book’s selection on Instagram, writing, “I’m sitting in a chair in my quiet corner of Devon, UK, staring at this and trying not to cry—even though I’ve known for weeks. But now it’s real!…It’s a day of unbelievable joy, of compassionate recognition of all that happened to me while I wrote it, and, above all, total disbelief that it’s already loved by so many.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.