The Anger Meridian
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A young widow must face the truth about her family-and herself: "At once a suspenseful mystery and a superlatively gripping story of self-discovery." -Shelf Awareness
When Merryn Huntley is told by Dallas police that her wealthy husband has been killed in a car accident, along with a local waitress, her first instinct is to flee in order to protect her nine-year-old daughter. And the only place that feels safe enough is her mother's beautiful, isolated home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Merryn's mother used to tell her: When you tell a lie, make sure you keep it as close to the truth as possible, because it will be easier to remember. Now, from the moment Merryn arrives, she's forced into twisting the truth-about how much she knew of her husband's shady business affairs; about her own secret lovers; and most importantly, about how she is beginning to doubt the one person who's always been the greatest influence in her life: her mother.
When two FBI agents show up and ask Merryn questions, it only intensifies her compulsion to lie. But as her perfect life begins to crumble, she must decide whether she can face the most painful reality of all-that she has been lying to herself her entire life.
"A compulsively readable novel . . . With engaging characters, a compelling story, and a seductive sense of place, this is a literary treat." -Booklist
"This fascinating novel bases its mystery not so much on unfolding events, although these are well paced, but instead on how a person can live a life parallel to the truth, based on an ever-shifting set of lies and misrepresentations. There's real danger is remaking the truth to avoid conflict, and that is never more apparent than in this well crafted book." -Reviewing the Evidence
"A seething portrait of a narcissistic mother . . . Jones keeps the action churning . . . but perhaps the novel's greatest feat is Bibi, an all-too-real toxic monster." -Publishers Weekly
"An impossible-to-put-down book." -Ann Hood
“A fast-paced story of a woman who only stops lying to others once she stops lying to herself.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The plot twists in this latest from Jones are intriguing. . . . For readers looking for a lightweight novel for the beach . . . this book is the prescription.” —Library Journal
“The Anger Meridian opens with high drama . . . The novel . . . maintains a lovely sense of place and character. There is a psychological depth to the story, especially in regards to a keen focus on mother and daughter relationships. Underlying this is a compelling mystery and a sense of tension that will keep readers moving fast through the story.” —KQED, “Beach Reads for Rebels: 5 Alternatives to the Average Summer Thriller”
“Must-read. . . . Intriguing characters, complex twists, and a definite page turner.” —ChicagoNow, Top 5 Books of 2015
Kaylie Jones has published six books, the most recent a memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me. Her novel A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries was adapted as a Merchant Ivory film in 1998. Jones has been teaching for more than twenty-five years, and is a faculty member in the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program and in Wilkes University's MFA in Creative Writing program. She is the author of Speak Now and the editor of Long Island Noir. Her newest endeavor is her publishing imprint with Akashic Books, Kaylie Jones Books.