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The Life She Had

A novel by

Kelley Armstrong writing as K.L. Armstrong

Celeste Turner has a woman living in her shed. A woman who is definitely not supposed to be there. The local police, however, are ill-inclined to help. Celeste is a newcomer to a region of rural Florida. It doesn''t matter that her family is originally from the area or that she returned to nurse her dying grandmother. All the locals see is a "city girl" who swooped in to secure her inheritance . . . a rundown house in need of extensive repairs. Celeste needs her new life to work, and this woman is a threat to that.

Then she meets her. To her surprise, she finds out that Daisy is polite and friendly; a backpacker who is just making her way through the area. Quickly, Celeste begins an unlikely and beneficial friendship with Daisy--she can’t help herself and, besides, Daisy will be moving on to her next stop soon. Why not take advantage of the extra help?

Both women have secrets they want to keep buried, and when a body is discovered in the glades near Celeste's house, they must move quickly to prove their innocence and protect the lives they've built for themselves.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"K.L Armstrong's The Life She Had is an alluring, original suspense about the secrets we keep to protect ourselves. With wickedly clever twists, this relentlessly tense page-turner will spin your mind as you follow the haunting paths to the truth." - Samantha M Bailey

"wo women with dark secrets, a steamy setting and an abundance of jaw-dropping twists make The Life She Had an absolute page-turner." - Robyn Harding

"Smart, tough and relentlessly fast." - Shari Lapeña

"Within those first few lines, the tension clamped down and did not let go. Propulsive and sinister, with twists that knocked me sideways. Meet your next binge read. Prepare for sweaty palms." - Nicole Lundrigan

"When two women who are pretending to be someone they're not, and packing more than secrets and questionable intentions, are set on a twisted collision course in rural Florida, you know it's going to be one hell of a ride. Not only does K. L. Armstrong immediately hook you with complex, multi-layered characters, snappy dialogue and a seriously creepy setting, but she deftly makes you switch your allegiances multiple times over before finally revealing the truth. A fast-paced, intriguing thriller, which I devoured in a matter of days, this suspenseful and atmospheric novel is an absolute must-read." - Hannah Mary McKinnon

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