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The Receptionist

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“The malicious actions of these angry, narcissistic people are appalling, but that won’t stop readers from turning the pages to see what happens to them.” —Publishers Weekly

Murder, money, and ambition fuel a fiery love triangle in this darkly comic and deeply disturbing thriller of rage, manipulation, and revenge.

On the eve of her wedding, Emily, a top Hollywood agent, is devastated to learn that her CEO fiancé is a serial cheater. Refusing to follow her instincts, she goes ahead with the marriage in order to preserve her hard-earned membership in the one percent. A master maneuverer, Emily is confident that she can outsmart her husband, clean up his messes, while enjoying the fabulous fruits of high-powered coupledom.

When her husband embarks on an audacious affair with his volatile young receptionist, Emily’s savvy is put to the test. His reckless decisions set off a chain of shocking scandals, plunging Emily into a cat-and-mouse fight for survival. Someone will die. Someone will kill. The question is, who will be left standing?

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A dark, gripping tale that won’t fail to captivate." - Robert Bryndza

"The Receptionist is the best kind of guilty pleasure. Unlikeable characters? Check. Twisty plot? Check. This book has a pervasive sense of dread throughout, which made me turn the pages even faster. I couldn’t wait to see how it ended." - Samantha Downing

"The Receptionist starts as a scathingly funny, deftly observed comedy of Hollywood manners—then twists, changes gears, and gathers the tense, heart-palpitating momentum of a runaway train." - Jon Evans

"The Receptionist is compulsively readable and deliciously disturbing, perfect for readers who enjoyed Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. Myles has written a genuinely unnerving thriller that I couldn’t put down." - Jess Lourey

"Kate Myles’s The Receptionist is a terrific thriller and a mesmerizing character study; I read it faster and with more pleasure than any crime novel I’ve picked up in months." - Scott Phillips

"Kate Myles takes no prisoners and leaves no skin on the bone. The Receptionist is a riveting and disturbing evisceration of twenty-first-century Hollywood greed and ambition. Überagents, self-improvement gurus, desperately ambitious actors—none of these denizens of sun-drenched Los Angeles are safe from Kate Myles’s scalpel-sharp pen." - Christopher Rice

"The Receptionist is a freight train, hurtling toward a sheer drop. Kate Myles’s razor-edged debut offers a bitter satire of LA society (or lack of same), told with the pure, pulse-pounding abandon of a 911 call. Myles’s villains are delightfully awful, and her dialogue shines bright and cuts deep, but what makes her a tale spinner on par with the greats, like Patricia Highsmith and Tana French, is her recognition that the most thrilling moment of that fatal train ride comes not from the pounding of the engines or the fiery conflagration of landing but from the moment of weightlessness as you fall." - Nick Seeley

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