Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:8.24in x 5.51 x 0.87 in | 0.76 lb
Page Count:352 pages
THE READ: This novel takes the classic theme of the imperilled child taken in by the “perfect” family that proves to be far from perfect, or safe, and gives it a shocking, mid-20th-century twist; trial transcripts and media reports are interwoven with the narrative, giving this masterful work of fiction a flavour of true crime.
THE AUTHOR: Nicole Lundrigan is the author of several highly acclaimed novels, the most recent of which, Hideaway, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel and on many “best of” lists for 2019.
THE VINTAGE SETTING: From Mad Men to the nationally bestselling Recipe for a Perfect Wife, the stylish surface of the 1950s era of the “perfect family” has proven an irrestible invitation to explore its darker, sometimes fatal, side.
PERFECT FOR READING GROUPS: Strong and complicated female characters who are from different sides of the socio-economic divide, but who have all had to make difficult choices in order to survive in the patriarchal world of the late 1950s make this a perfect choice for discussion and sharing.
ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERBACK: We will publish in an elegant and accessible trade paperback.
One of CBC Books’ Fiction Books to Watch for in Spring 2022
#1 LoanStars Pick for April 2022
“In Nicole Lundrigan’s An Unthinkable Thing we meet 11-year-old Tommie Ware, whose life is forever changed by the dark secrets of the wealthy family his estranged mother works for. Gothic horror meets literary suspense, this novel showcases Lundrigan’s impressive talent for crafting a story that is propulsive yet measured, never giving up its mysteries too easily. Flawlessly captivating, this is the book I’ve been waiting to read all year.”
—Karma Brown, # 1 national bestselling author of Recipe for a Perfect Wife
“From the enticing first pages to the shocking last lines (don’t peek!), Nicole Lundrigan’s An Unthinkable Thing explores the trauma of loneliness and the power of belonging, through the eyes of a tender, unforgettable young narrator. You’ll be deeply moved by this thoughtful and atmospheric page-turner.”
—Ashley Audrain, #1 national bestselling author of The Push
“In An Unthinkable Thing, Nicole Lundrigan goes deep behind the glittering curtain of a perfect family, skillfully revealing their darkest secrets one shocking layer at a time. Expertly paced, with a voice that’s both tender and innocent, this twisted suspense story’s jaw-dropping events kept me glued to the pages until the ultimate satisfying surprise. A must read.”
—Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of You Will Remember Me
“A magnificent example of all the elements of fine fiction—an engaging narrative voice, a profound evocation of time and place, a complex braiding of plot lines—converging to create the perfect tale. Add to this enticing mix a deeply compelling mystery that doesn’t wholly reveal itself until the final page, and what more could any reader ask for? If I were a judge on the Edgar Committee for Best Novel, this story would be at the top of my short list.”
—William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of This Tender Land
“I read An Unthinkable Thing with my heart in my throat. Nicole Lundrigan masterfully sets the stage with a nostalgic late-1950s backdrop, then ratchets up the tension as she slowly reveals that nothing is quite what it seems. This slow burn mystery builds to an inferno that will keep readers riveted until the final, satisfying page. Five enthusiastic stars!”
—Nicole Baart, bestselling author of Everything We Didn’t Say
“A superb read about helplessness, power, wealth, honesty, and truth—nightmarishly compelling.”
—Booklist (starred review)