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Before she was Helen

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"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 difficult and 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 work of 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 The Face 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.

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Grouping Titlebefore she was helen
Grouping Authorcaroline b cooney
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Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2020-11-25 07:41:03AM
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subject_facetDetective and mystery fiction
Electronic books
Glass sculpture -- Fiction
Missing persons -- Fiction
Mystery fiction
Retired teachers -- Fiction
Retirement communities -- Fiction
Secrecy -- Fiction
South Carolina -- Fiction
title_displayBefore she was Helen
title_fullBefore she was Helen / Caroline B. Cooney
Before she was Helen [electronic resource] / Caroline B. Cooney
title_shortBefore she was Helen
topic_facetElectronic books
Glass sculpture
Missing persons
Retired teachers
Retirement communities