The New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and After Her returns with a poignant story about the true meaning--and the true price--of friendship
Drinking cost Helen her marriage and custody of her seven-year-old son, Ollie. Once an aspiring art photographer, she now makes ends meet taking portraits of schoolchildren and working for a caterer. Recovering from her addiction, she spends lonely evenings checking out profiles on an online dating site. Weekend visits with her son are awkward; he s drifting away from her, fast.
When she meets Ava and Swift Havilland, the vulnerable Helen is instantly enchanted. Wealthy, connected philanthropists, they have their own charity devoted to dogs. Their home is filled with fabulous friends, edgy art, and dazzling parties.
Then Helen meets Elliott, a kind, quiet accountant, who offers loyalty and love with none of her newfound friends fireworks. To Swift and Ava, he s boring. But even worse than that, he s unimpressed by them.
As Helen increasingly falls under the Havillands influence running errands for them, doing their random chores, questioning her relationship with Elliott Ava and Swift hold out the most seductive gift: their influence and help for Helen to regain custody of her son. But the debt she owes them is about to come due.
Ollie witnesses an accident involving Swift, Swift s grown son, and the daughter of the Havillands housekeeper. With her child s future in the balance, Helen must choose between the truth and the friends who have given her everything.