Her Prodigal Husband
by Becky Masterman

From the award-winning author of the internationally-bestselling Brigid Quinn thrillers, which have been translated into 20 languages, comes this gripping series spin-off: an upmarket novel of domestic suspense about a pair of sisters nicknamed Malice and Lethal, and a husband who vanishes into thin air, only to reappear and throw a bomb into both their lives

Alice Einstein – known as “Malice” to her former schoolfriends – likes to tell herself stories. There’s a good one she’s workshopping about how, despite once being a critically acclaimed literary novelist, she’s ended up blocked and uninspired, living in her timid, conflict-averse sister Liesel’s spare room.

But then Liesel sends her an SOS worthy of a thriller novel. The horror! The horror! Sam is back.

Sam, Liesel’s wealthy ex-husband, vanished ten years ago, leaving her a chunk of money but no explanation. Sam is handsome, charming, manipulative . . . and now he claims he’s sick. But Alice, with her experience of spinning tales, knows a liar when she sees one.

Haunted by a childhood tragedy that gave birth to the cruel nickname “Lethal”, Liesel now specialises in saving things: dogs, children, sisters. Telling herself it’s time she returned the favor, Alice engages the services of Brigid Quinn, a hardboiled local private investigator with a shady past, to help her get rid of Sam for good.

But as the plot thickens, Alice begins to wonder if she knows anyone involved – most of all herself – quite as well as she thinks . . .

Packed with quirky, colorful characters, and with a nail-biting, slow-burn plot, Her Prodigal Husband is a nail-biting novel of domestic suspense that raises thought-provoking questions about self-deception, the power of stories, and what it means to be a family, and marks the long-awaited return of Brigid Quinn, “one of the most memorable FBI agents since Clarice Starling” (Publishers Weekly).


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Becky Masterman

Becky Masterman has worked as an actor, playwright, and an editor for a forensic science and law enforcement press. Her debut thriller was a finalist for the Edgar and the Anthony Awards for Best First Novel and for the CWA Gold Dagger, and her books have been translated into 20 languages. As well as a series of novels featuring retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn, including spin-off Her Prodigal Husband, she is the author of standalone thriller Maternal Instinct. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband.

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Her Prodigal Husband by Becky Masterman is available in the following formats

Ebook97814483119727th January 2025N/A288$14.99
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