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You Were Made for This

(2018)
(The Dark Path)
A novel by

 
 
A gripping page-turner for fans of The Woman in the Window and The Perfect Nanny, Michelle Sacks's You Were Made For This provocatively explores the darkest sides of marriage, motherhood, and friendship.

Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores the domestic life: baking, gardening, caring for her infant son. Sam, formerly an academic, is pursuing a new career as a filmmaker. Sometimes they can hardly believe how lucky they are. What perfect new lives they've built.

When Merry's childhood friend Frank visits their Swedish paradise, she immediately becomes part of the family. She bonds with Conor. And with Sam. She befriends the neighbors, and even finds herself embracing the domesticity she's always seemed to scorn. All their lives, Frank and Merry have been more like sisters than best friends. And that's why Frank soon sees the things others might miss. Treacherous things, which are almost impossible to believe when looking at this perfect family. But Frank, of all people, knows that the truth is rarely what you want the world to see.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A chilling, gut-wrenching thriller." - Helen Fields

"You Were Made for This deftly explores the darkest corners of domestic life through the eyes of three complicated, damaged souls, inextricably connected by obsession, loyalty, jealousy, and unspeakable secrets. The savage beauty of Michelle Sacks's prose nestled within the most chilling of stories will leave you shaken and bereft. It is a stunning accomplishment." - Heather Gudenkauf

"You Were Made For This is a thrilling literary fairytale from which you can't escape, not even after you've found your way back to the light of day. The warning is right there in the novel's epigraph: 'You must always go carefully into the dark Swedish woods.' And then in you go, forgetting to leave bread crumbs behind you, until soon you are lost in Sacks' fascinating domestic dreamscape, a dark and deceptive place where old wounds, secrets, and the seeds of violence are cooked up and jarred and stowed in plain sight, yet fill your heart with dread at every turn." - Tim Johnston

"Set in an idyllic Swedish forest straight out of a fairy tale, You Were Made For This is a taut novel of deception, full of heart-wrenching twists and turns. Michelle Sacks shows us that happy families are not always what they seem and explores the dark shadows that lurk within the fairy tale, and in human nature, in this richly compelling debut." - Jennifer McMahon

"A sinister, razor's edge of a book. I was, in turn, totally gripped, completely unsettled, and not just a little freaked out by these brutal characters and the damage they did to themselves and each other. Whatever you feel while reading this dark, twisting story, you definitely won't be able to put it down." - Lisa Unger

"You Were Made For This plumbs the darkness that can lie at the core of the most intimate of relationships: between husband and wife, lifelong friends, even mother and child. Michelle Sacks has a gift for empathy, and her broken sinners are so tenderly drawn that even at their worst they remain heartbreakingly human. She's also written the most complex and relatable female friendship I've read in years." - Heather Young


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Used availability for Michelle Sacks's You Were Made for This

Hardback Editions

June 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: You Were Made for This: The dark, shocking thriller that everyone is talking about
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
ISBN: 0-00-826124-5 / 978-0-00-826124-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HQ
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


June 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: You Were Made for This
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
ISBN: 0-316-47540-8 / 978-0-316-47540-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: You Were Made for This
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
ISBN: 0-316-47541-6 / 978-0-316-47541-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Dark Path
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
ISBN: 0-00-826125-3 / 978-0-00-826125-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HQ
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June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: You Were Made for This
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
ISBN: 0-00-826122-9 / 978-0-00-826122-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HQ
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: You Were Made for This
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
ISBN: 0-316-44941-5 / 978-0-316-44941-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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Audio Editions

June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: You Were Made for This
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
Publisher: HQ
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June 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: You Were Made for This
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
Publisher: HQ
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June 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: You Were Made for This
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
Publisher: HQ
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: You Were Made For This
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
ISBN: 1-5491-4371-9 / 978-1-5491-4371-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Book Group and Blackstone Audio
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June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: You Were Made for This: Library Edition
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
ISBN: 1-5491-4368-9 / 978-1-5491-4368-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: You Were Made for This
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: You Were Made for This
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Dark Path: The dark, shocking thriller that everyone is talking about
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
Publisher: HQ
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: You Were Made for This
Author(s): Michelle Sacks
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA