Fragile: A Novel (Jones Cooper Book 1)

By Lisa Unger

New York Times bestseller, Good Morning America Top booklet choose, Walmart Bookclub choose, and Unger named an "Emerging writer" through Target! 

Everybody is familiar with everyone within the Hollows, a old fashioned, fascinating city outdoors of latest York urban. it is a position the place friends regulate one another's little ones, the place humans say hi within the supermarket, and the place highschool cliques and antics are by no means fairly forgotten. As a toddler, Maggie stumbled on dwelling less than the microscope of small-town lifestyles stifling. yet as a spouse and mom, she has fortunately back to The Hollows's insular include. As a psychologist, her wisdom of kin histories presents robust insights into her sufferers' lives. So whilst the female friend of her teenage son, Rick, disappears, Maggie's intuitive reward proves precious to the case--and additionally dangerous. 

Eerie parallels quickly emerge among Charlene's disappearance and the kidnapping of one other neighborhood woman that shook the group years in the past whilst Maggie was once undefined. The research has her husband, Jones, the lead detective at the case, appearing strangely.  Rick, already a brooding teen, turns into much more withdrawn.  In a city the place the earlier is often current, no one is above suspicion, no longer even a son within the eyes of his father.  

"I know the way a second can spiral out of control," Jones says to a stunned Maggie as he searches Rick's room for incriminating facts. "How the implications of 1 careless motion can expense you everything."

As she attempts to reassure him that Rick embodies his father in the entire very important methods, Maggie realizes this may be precisely what Jones fears so much. made up our minds to discover the reality, Maggie pursues her personal leads into Charlene's disappearance and exposes a long-buried city secret--one which could spoil every little thing she holds pricey. This exciting novel approximately one community's tricky but fragile bonds will depart readers asking, How good do i do know the folks i like? and the way a long way may i'm going to guard them?

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He hasn’t been in class in a week,” Henry acknowledged. “I e-mailed you. ” “Did you? ” she requested, commencing her email for the 1st time that day. She scrolled via a flock of ready messages and located Henry’s, despatched past due the day gone by afternoon. She wasn’t a lot for email, hated the impersonal distance of it. humans used it to conceal from each other. It stripped conversation of expression and tone, crucial markers for that means. She refrained from it while attainable, who prefer to select up the telephone. “Something’s replaced, Henry,” she acknowledged. “We’re wasting him. ” “What occurred? ” She acknowledged the consultation in large strokes, heading off particular issues he’d acknowledged to guard Marshall’s privateness and her oath. She targeted in its place on his temper, the air of malice, and his abrupt departure from her place of work. Henry used to be silent for a second after she complete. If she’d been chatting with Jones, that silence might have pissed off her. She’d have rightly assumed that he was once multitasking, no longer rather hearing her. yet with Henry, her buddy due to the fact that highschool, she knew he was once processing her phrases, turning the probabilities of the incident over in his brain. “Maybe I’ll cease over there on my means home,” he stated ultimately. “Check in with Marshall. ” That was once the matter with The Hollows—though probably it wasn’t consistently an issue. Everyone’s courting used to be complicated—your healthcare professional used to be additionally your neighbor, might be she’d long past to the promenade along with your brother. The cop at your door have been the burnout constantly in difficulty if you happen to have been in highschool. accordingly, while Henry stopped by means of to ascertain in on Marshall, Travis would possibly not see his kid’s instructor losing in to examine on a scholar. Travis may perhaps see the boy he’d mercilessly bullied for years, the only who’d finally—after a summer time progress spurt—beat him down in entrance of the complete highschool at a homecoming video game. Beat him so badly that Travis had truly cried. not anyone was once particularly as intimidated by way of Travis Crosby after that—until he’d begun donning a badge and wearing a gun. “Do you're thinking that that’s a good suggestion? ” she requested. “I imagine it’s my task. ” She detected a observe of defensiveness, which reminded her of a query she’d held at bay for some time. How a lot of Henry Ivy’s curiosity in Marshall needed to do with Travis? “You’re a instructor, now not a truant officer. ” He blew out a breath. “Do you could have a greater suggestion? ” “Let’s name Leila. she will be able to ship the lads over to hook up with Marshall. It’s much less confrontational. ” one other silence; within the history she heard the bell that introduced the tip of sophistication, a surprising wave of voices and footfalls. “Okay,” he stated. “You’ll name her? ” “I will. ” yet she hadn’t known as instantaneously. Her subsequent sufferer had arrived early. there has been a court-ordered evaluate she needed to whole after that. And the subsequent factor she knew, she was once sitting at midnight of her workplace, the distance lit simply by means of the glow of her monitor. She picked up the telephone with no bothering to show at the gentle. Leila replied after simply earrings. “It’s Maggie. ” Leila expelled a drained breath. “I’ve been looking ahead to your name.

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