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August Guest Editor: Shari Lapena
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August 2019
Written by
She Writes
August 2019

This month we are celebrating another incredible author making waves in the industry! Our August Guest Editor is Shari Lapena, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, An Unwanted Guest and A Stranger in the House. Her latest release, Someone We Know, just hit shelves and like all of her captivating thrillers, this another one to add to your beach bag.

About the Shari

Shari Lapena was a lawyer and an English teacher before turning her hand to fiction. This Toronto-based author started out writing literary comedies, but when she tentatively turned her attention towards writing thrillers, that's when it all took off. 

In an interview with Goodreads, Lapena shared about her life before becoming an internationally bestseller.

"I find with a lot of writers, we just kind of shuffle from thing to thing because we really want to be writers. Until we actually settle down to become writers, we're just kind of trying on other things. I worked full-time for many years, and then I had a baby; I wanted to stay home with him. He would nap in the afternoons. I always wanted to be a writer, and I thought, 'I finally have the time—I'm just going to write a novel.'"

This month we'll get to know her journey a little better and become inspired by her path to author stardom.

About Someone We Know

Maybe you don’t know your neighbors as well as you thought you did . . .

“This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much. . . My son broke into your home recently while you were out.”

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well–learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.

Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets?

In this neighborhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide . . .

You never really know what people are capable of.

“No-one does suburban paranoia like Shari Lapena—this slowly unfurling nightmare will have you biting your nails until the end.”
—Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10

“…poised and chilling… a work that dramatizes some of the unexpected consequences that may ensue when people take too close an interest in their neighbors’ lives.”
The Wall Street Journal

Pick up her book and join us as we spend time with this incredible thriller author!

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