cover image The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives

The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives

Kristin Miller. Ballantine, $17 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-5247-9952-6

In this soapy, shrewdly plotted page-turner from bestseller Miller (In Her Shadow), it appears the third time may finally be the charm for San Francisco socialite Georgia St. Claire—aka the Black Widow because of the suspicious demises of her previous two wealthy spouses—until, days before the wedding, her intended, multimillionaire businessman Robert Donnelly, disappears from his yacht. With the police taking a less than zealous approach, Georgia turns for help to two neighbors in her exclusive gated community: longtime bestie and TV news diva Erin King, whose marriage to a plastic surgeon has hit some turbulence, and newcomer Brooke Davies, the recent bride of a much older tech billionaire. As the trio scramble to figure out what’s happened to Robert, it becomes clear to Brooke—whose smarts people tend to underestimate because of her classic trophy wife looks—that Georgia and Erin seem to share some dangerous secrets, which Brooke can relate to far better than either suspects. The exhilarating plot speeds along until hitting several jarring twists toward the end. Nonetheless, prepare to savor an escapist fantasy with sass to spare. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary. (July)