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Before We Were Strangers

(2018)
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Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she's determined to uncover her family's dark secrets, even if they bury her.

Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn't sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool autumn air. And then there was that other sound - the ominous thump before all went quiet.

In the morning, her mother was gone.

The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn't sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at 18, anxious to leave her small Texas hometown in search of anywhere else. But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn't just difficult - he was deadly.

Now, another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if it means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend, and a father and brother who'd rather see her silenced. But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn't whether she can uncover what really happened that night...it's what will remain of her family if she does?

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Secrets and family drama are at the heart of Brenda Novak's Before We Were Strangers, in which a woman returns to her small Texas hometown determined to uncover the truth about her mother's disappearance. Novak's fans will devour this one, and the relentlessly twisty plot will win her some new fans, as well. This is the kind of book best swallowed in one sitting: suspenseful, surprising, and 100% addictive." - Kimberly Belle

"Brenda Novak's seamless plotting, emotional intensity, and true-to-life characters who jump off the page make her books completely satisfying. Novak is simply a great storyteller." - Allison Brennan

"What a book! Before We Were Strangers is dark and compelling, an excellent thriller with heart-pounding twists, full of secrets and lies, and all too real. This is Novak at her sweet and sinister best in a story that could be happening in the house next door. Who is telling the truth? You won't know until the explosive end..." - J T Ellison

"Teeming with riveting, hold-your-breath suspense, Brenda Novak's Before We Were Strangers is a chilling exploration into how far one will go to discover the truth no matter the cost. Novak is at the top of her game with this gripping thriller. Prepare to be up all night!" - Heather Gudenkauf

"Riveting drama and suspense from a master of the craft. I loved this twisty tale of friends, enemies, lovers, liars, and a family fractured by secrets. It's the perfect read to cozy up to on a long winter night." - Susan Wiggs


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Hardback Editions

December 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Before We Were Strangers (Wheeler Publishing Large Print Hardcover)
Author(s): Brenda Novak
ISBN: 1-4328-5633-2 / 978-1-4328-5633-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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December 2018 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author(s): Brenda Novak
ISBN: 0-7783-6875-0 / 978-0-7783-6875-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: MIRA
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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author(s): Brenda Novak
ISBN: 0-7783-0907-X / 978-0-7783-0907-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: MIRA
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December 2018 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author(s): Brenda Novak
ISBN: 0-7783-6994-3 / 978-0-7783-6994-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: MIRA
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Audio Editions

September 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author(s): Brenda Novak
ISBN: 1-5385-1739-6 / 978-1-5385-1739-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Audio
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December 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Before We Were Strangers: Library Edition
Author(s): Brenda Novak
ISBN: 1-5385-1737-X / 978-1-5385-1737-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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December 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author(s): Brenda Novak
ISBN: 1-5385-1738-8 / 978-1-5385-1738-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Audio
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December 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author(s): Brenda Novak
Publisher: HarperAudio
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December 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author(s): Brenda Novak
Publisher: HarperAudio
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December 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author(s): Brenda Novak
Publisher: HarperAudio
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December 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author(s): Brenda Novak
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

December 2018 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author(s): Brenda Novak
Publisher: MIRA
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