Safe in My Arms (Paperback)
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The latest novel from Sara Shepard, author of Reputation and the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series. When the principal of an elite California preschool is attacked, three moms—who feel like outsiders among the school's manicured and ultra-wealthy community—must work together to uncover what she's hiding, figure out who's trying to frame them, and make sure their own secrets stay hidden.
Andrea, Lauren, and Ronnie all see themselves as good, loving moms who are trying their best, but they each arrive at the Silver Swans preschool Welcome Breakfast with something to hide. Andrea is running away from a past on the East Coast, which she cannot afford for the other parents to discover. Lauren is recovering from a postpartum condition her husband has warned her not to disclose. And Ronnie is hiding herself and her daughter from the one man who could at any moment appear in their lives and ruin everything she holds dear. They already feel like impostors among the school's community of polished parents. But then notes appear in their children’s backpacks after the first day at school. Notes that indicate that someone knows their deepest, darkest secrets and needs them gone. Does someone not want them in the community? Or is it something more menacing—does someone know everything?
When the principal of the school is the victim of an almost-fatal attack, it quickly becomes clear that the Silver Swans community is not as flawless as the brochures and website would have you believe. The three moms must band together to uncover the school's many secrets before the other suspicious parents and town police close in and use their outsider status to blame them . . . and before they lose what they have worked so hard for.
About the Author
Sara Shepard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, The Lying Game series, The Heiresses, The Elizas, The Perfectionists series, and Reputation.
"We've got a secret and we can't keep it: Safe in My Arms might be even juicier than Shepard's bestselling Pretty Little Liars series. Just don't tell A we said that. Equal parts PLL and part Big Little Lies, three moms who feel like outsiders in their ultra-wealthy community come together to uncover the truth about why the principal of their elite preschool was attacked—and why they're being framed.”
“The New York Times bestselling author of "Pretty Little Liars" dives back into the school years, this time in an exclusive California preschool. (Think: Big Little Lies.)”
—GMA.com, "33 books to heat up your July"
"A smart and insightful page-turner, Safe in My Arms is a twisty mystery filled with keen observations about the impossibly high standards of motherhood and the critical importance of finding friends willing to accept you as the forgivably flawed person and parent you really are."
—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and A Good Marriage
“We've read stories about the cutthroat world of high school and colleges, but in Safe in My Arms, Sara Shepard reminds us that things can get dark in academia way before that. This sharp, smart, and oh-so-twisty look at the sinister side of a privileged preschool is the kind of book that will have you staying up way too late--even if it's a school night.”
—Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs
“Sara Shepherd returns to the domestic suspense scene with a deep dive into the lives of three mothers at a fancy private preschool, all of them harboring dark secrets. Taut, smart and twisted, Safe in My Arms is everything I love in a suspense novel, a whip-smart tale of just how far a mother will go to protect her child. All the stars!”
—Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Stranger in the Lake
"Set against an intriguing backdrop of ambition, privilege and entitlement, Safe in My Arms explores how friendship, family and loyalty help us persevere. Sara Shepard has crafted a twisty, compelling meditation on the long-buried secrets that haunt us, and the ways in which embracing those dark aspects of our pasts can ultimately set us free."
—E.G. Scott, internationally bestselling author of In Case of Emergency
“No one writes about secrets like Sara Shepard! Safe In My Arms is a whopping page-turner of a book, packed with lies, betrayals, and head-spinning twists. I’ll never think about preschools the same way again.”
—Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It