No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
Celia Nolan receives the shock of her life when her new husband presents her with a surprise birthday gift - a beautiful house in an upscale New Jersey suburb. The house itself is beautiful, architecturally designed and complete with horse and stable, but the only hitch is that this is the very house where, as a young child, Celia accidently shot her mother to death while intercepting a domestic dispute between her mother and stepfather.
After the shooting, Celia was vilified by her stepfather, shunned by the town and forced to assume a new identity and move to California where she was raised by distant relatives. But now she’s back, and stunned to find herself standing in the very room where the tragedy occurred all those years ago. Forced to feign happiness (as her current hubby knows nothing of her tragic past) Celia desperately tries to figure out if this is simply one colossal coincidence or if darker forces are at play.
And if that’s not enough, the plot thickens when Celia discovers the body of the real estate agent who oversaw the sale of the house – she’s been shot to death and Celia ends up on the list of suspects list of suspects. As she dodges curious cops and nosey neighbours, Celia must figure out why her life is seems to be unravelling around her while struggling to conceal her true identity.
Packed with a cast of colourful, scheming characters and rich with plot twists and a satisfying back story, MHC has woven yet another wonderful whodunit that’ll keep you on the edge til the final page. And while it may be a little slow to start off, the pace picks up rapidly and doesn’t let up.