Before she was Helen / Caroline B. Cooney.
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- ISBN: 9781728205120
- ISBN: 1728205123
- Physical Description: 310 pages ; 24 cm
- Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Poisoned Pen Press,  Naperville, Illinois : Poisoned Pen Press, 
- Copyright: ©2020
- Recently Published: 3 / 5.0
- Top Holds Over Last 5 Years: 1 / 5.0
Includes reading group guide and a conversation with the author.
|Summary, etc.:||"Clementine Lakefield leads a simple life in her retirement community in Sun City, South Carolina. But while she plays cards, substitute teaches, and has learned to text with her niece and nephew, Clemmie is not who she says she is. Behind her carefree facade, she is hiding a lifetime of secrets. When Clemmie's curmudgeonly neighbor goes missing, Clemmie suddenly finds herself at the center of a dangerous conspiracy..."--|
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Before She Was Helen : A Novel
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Before She Was Helen : A Novel
EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST NOVEL "As Before She Was Helenopens, readers are drawn into what appears to be a light, retirement-community caper. But author Caroline B. Cooney quickly flips expectations upside-down in this deceptively dark mystery. Between old crimes and fresh murders, septuagenarian protagonist Clemmie faces an unspeakable fear that will keep readers hooked in this twisty whodunit."--Julie Hyzy, New York Timesbestselling author From the critically acclaimed, international bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney comes a domestic thriller perfect for fans of mystery books by Laura Lippman and Alice Feeney. Her life didn't turn out the way she expected--so she made herself a new one When Clemmie goes next door to check on her difficultand unlikeable neighbor Dom, he isn't there. But something else is. Something stunning, beautiful and inexplicable. Clemmie photographs the wondrous object on her cell phone and makes the irrevocable error of forwarding it. As the picture swirls over the internet, Clemmie tries desperately to keep a grip on her own personal network of secrets. Can fifty years of careful hiding under names not her own be ruined by one careless picture? And although what Clemmie finds is a workof art, what the police find is a body. . . and she was the last person at the crime scene, where she left her fingerprints. Suddenly thrown into the heart of a twisted investigation, Clemmie finds herself the uncomfortable subject of intense scrutiny. And the bland, quiet life Clemmie has built for herself in her sleepy South Carolina retirement community comes crashing down as her dark past surges into the present. From international bestselling author of TheFace on the Milk CartonCaroline B. Cooney comes Before She Was Helen, an absorbing mystery that brings decades-old secrets to life and explores what happens when the lie you've been living falls apart and you're forced to confront the truth.