From Meg Little Reilly, comes a stunning thriller that will keep readers up turning pages long into the night, EVERYTHING THAT FOLLOWS!
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CAUGHT IN THE BACKWASH, THEY HAVE LOST CONTROL OF THEIR LIVES…
For fans of Megan Abbott and Chris Bohjalian comes a novel of moral complexity about friends who must choose between self-preservation and doing the right thing in the wake of a fatal boating accident. Set in the moody off-season of Martha’s Vineyard, Everything That Follows is a plunge into the dark waters of secrets and flexible morals. The truth becomes whatever we say it is…
Around midnight, three friends take their partying from bar to boat on a misty fall evening. Just as the weather deteriorates, one of them suddenly and confusingly goes overboard. Is it an accident? The result of an unwanted advance? His body disappears quickly, silently, into the dark water. The circumstances are murky, but what is clear is that the other two need to notify the authorities. Minutes become hours become days as they hesitate, caught up in their guilt and hope that their friend has somehow made it safely to shore. As valuable time passes, they find themselves deep in a moral morass with huge implications as they struggle to move forward and live with their dark secret.
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“Taut with moral complexity and a subtly building tension, this is the kind of story that punishes you if you dare to put it down. ”
— Kim Cross, New York Times bestselling author of WHAT STANDS IN A STORM
“[a] skillfully wrought tale of atonement in a frame of psychological suspense.”— Booklist
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Kat looked into her glass. “Do you think he was dressed?”
“When they found him. Do you think he still had those same clothes on? Or do they fall off eventually?”
“I assume they fall off.”
“How the fuck would I know? I’ve never been involved with something like this before.” Hunter’s forehead was shiny with sweat.
“I don’t know. I was just thinking how undignified it would be if they found him naked. It’s so sad.”
Hunter stared at her. She was making him nervous. “Pull it together, Kat. This can’t fall apart just because you feel sad. We don’t have the luxury of weakness.”
She’d never had that luxury, not even before all this. “I’m fine. I was just thinking about him. I’m allowed to think about him.”
“You probably shouldn’t.”
“Hunter, I’m fine. I promise.”
He ran a hand through his hair. “So we’re on the same page now? You understand why we don’t need to go to the cops?”
“What are you going to do, kill me if I disagree?”
“That’s not funny.”
And it wasn’t; she knew it. This was torturing Hunter too. In a way, she was grateful to him for keeping her from the police. They might be on the brink of getting away with it, so thank God she hadn’t upended their whole lives just because she wanted to unburden her soul. The logic repulsed her, but it was still true. “Yeah, I’m with you.”
“Then will you take the money?”
She shook her head. “No. And why do you want me to? I’m not going to tell anyone about this. You don’t have to pay me.”
“My father is adamant. It’s…insurance, so you can’t change your mind. He says we’re all more secure this way. Just take it, Kat. It could change your life. Buy a house. Buy a car, whatever. It will give my family some peace.”
“That’s messed up.”
Kat wouldn’t allow herself to consider the ways in which a million dollars could change her life. When she was a kid, she had to ration out the peanut butter jar to be sure she had enough to get through a month of packed lunches. She rationed tampons in high school. The sneakers on her feet at that moment were almost three years old. And now there was thismoney.
She couldn’t take it. She couldn’t take it and she couldn’t think about it because thinking about it might push her closer to taking it and that was not an option.
“No, I don’t want it. But thank you, I guess.”
“Think about it.”
Hunter lifted the mug to his lips and finished his tequila. He didn’t want to fight.
“What do you think we’re supposed to do now?” she asked.
“We have to wait. Be normal and wait.”
About Meg Little Reilly:
Meg Little Reilly is the author of the novels EVERYTHING THAT FOLLOWS and WE ARE UNPREPARED. She's a public radio commentator, essayist, and outdoors enthusiast. Prior to writing novels, Meg worked in national politics and the White House. She holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. from the George Washington University. These days, she lives in rural Vermont with her husband and two daughters.