by Katia Lief (2011)

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A gripping psychological thriller about a holiday home invasion.

A team of career criminals plans to rob a secluded country house in Waterbury, Connecticut over the holidays while the famous owner is away visiting relatives. But volatile relationships within this brilliant family lead to a last minute change in plans, and three generations convene in Waterbury instead.

When the burglars arrive to find the house occupied instead of empty, a simple crime quickly becomes complicated. Personalities clash, power struggles intensify, and as day fades to night a robbery escalates into forced captivity and finally murder but the victim is not who you might have predicted.

Each character is driven by their own powerful motivations in this exhilarating novel in which the violence that drives a murder is fueled by desires and disappointments that reach beyond the day, or the crime, at hand.