“Geraldine, if you help me clear the dishes, I’ll tell you how to get that suit I wore on the cover of Executive Insider at a discount,” Nina offered.
Geraldine didn’t get a chance to respond. “I’ll help you clear the dishes,” Phillip offered.
Everyone looked at him like he had suddenly gone mad.
“That’s not necessary,” Nina said firmly. “Geraldine and I have it covered.”
“I insist. You’ve worked very hard on this dinner.”
To object further would raise questions she didn’t want to answer. Nina acquiesced.
Once they were alone in the kitchen, all Phillip’s niceties disappeared. “Now I understand why you’ve been fighting so hard,” he said as he rested the dishes on the kitchen counter.
“Your husband loves you very much.”
“Does that disappoint you?” Nina said, shoving dishes into the dishwasher.
“Why would it? I’m happy you’ve done well for yourself. You have a beautiful home, a great career, and a husband who adores you. Every father wants his children to be happy.”
“Don’t,” Nina said, as she removed the chocolate flan from the refrigerator and placed it on the countertop. “Don’t pretend you wanted what was best for me. You’ve only ever caused me pain and misery. That’s why I left home and never looked back.
“I so wanted to have a normal father. I felt like some freak because of what you did to me. I couldn’t tell Marc you lived close by. If he found out, he would have insisted on meeting you. I couldn’t allow that to happen. You would have destroyed us like you do every relationship you have.”
Phillip’s brain went into overdrive. He recognized her deception for what it was: self-preservation, one of the most selfish human motives there was. Maybe his daughter was more like him than she was willing to admit. According to Cassie, Marc Kasai was a very patient man who lived by a strict moral code. To a man like that, finding out the wife he adores has been making a fool of him for years would not sit well. He could march right in there and tell Marc the truth, but Nina would retaliate in ways he couldn’t afford. She might tell him that nonsense she’d been spewing about “what he did to her” and if she did, he could kiss a potential political ally goodbye. That was the kind of stuff he couldn’t afford to get out because no one wanted to hear the truth. He needed to get his hands on that damn diary.
“How did it come to this, Nina?” he asked, his voice laced with something resembling regret.
“You want something I can’t give you. Call it forgiveness, absolution, whatever. You want me to smile for the cameras and say what a great father you are and tell people in my demographic you would make a great Governor and they should vote for you. I can’t do that.
“Even if you take me out of the equation, you have an illegitimate child with a young woman who was under age when you got her pregnant. You’re on your third marriage, and to a foreigner at that. You had an affair with your daughter’s best friend. And I don’t even want to think about your business dealings when you were in the private sector. Looks like we have something in common other than DNA. We’re both damaged goods.
#1 Amazon Bestseller in the suspense and women's psychological fiction categories.
Boston executive Nina Kasai has been living a lie since her days as a student at Stanford University. But she's about to learn that some secrets are too big to stay buried.
Years ago, Nina fled from her life of wealth and privilege and vowed never to look back. The horrifying truth has been locked away in her hidden diary, and in the mind of a disturbed woman who will never tell, ever. However, the perfect life she's since created is about to come crashing down when Phillip Copeland --a ghost from her past with political ambition and secrets of his own, makes Nina an offer she can't refuse: her silence in exchange for his.
Soon, it all goes horribly wrong when a shocking double-cross sends Nina reeling, and devastating loss threatens to push her over the edge. To make matters worse, her diary, the only link to her secret past has been stolen.
To reclaim her life and bring this twisted game to its stunning conclusion, Nina must confront the past she's been running from, and find the courage to make a life-altering decision that leaves multiple casualties in its wake.
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Genre - Psychological Suspense
Rating – R
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