Reading Group Questions and Topics for Discussion
It's a major event in Oakdale-a black-tie gala honoring the Marron family's fifty years of support for Oakdale's Memorial Hospital. But high spirits are cut short when patron of honor Gregory Marron Jr. is delivered in his limo dead on arrival. Three women in the crowd have reasons to suspect murder. Now Katie, Maddie, and Carly, each of them desperate to protect the man they love, are crossing paths in an investigation that's uncovering more poisonous secrets in Oakdale than they ever imagined. The means, motives, and suspects are shifting with each new twist-and one of these determined women may not live to see the killer revealed.
1. In the prologue and first few chapters of the book, we learn that Katie, Carly, and Maddie each suspect the men they love of murdering Gregory Marron. What are the reasons for each of their suspicions? What events from their pasts contribute to their doubts? Do you think they are justified in believing that Mike, Jack, and Henry may be guilty? Which woman do you think is most justified in her doubts?
2. Katie and Mike are at odds for most of the novel, and it takes the help of other characters, such as Carly, Nancy Hughes, and Ben Harris to help them reconcile. How does each of these characters help Katie or make her realize something about herself and Mike? Were you surprised that Carly is the one to say to Katie: "Tough luck, Katie. Nobody comes wi