Heathers walked so Mean Girls could run.
Desperate Housewives stunned suburbia so Big Little Lies could throw a pie at Meryl Streep.
Now, it’s the East Texas elite’s turn to say “Hold my rosé” as they raze their small town to the ground with toxic friendships, obsession, lies, seduction and... murder.
THE HUNTING WIVES (Berkley Hardcover; May 18, 2021) by May Cobb—a scandalous thriller sure to have everyone talking this spring.
“Nail-biting . . . Wild plot twists keep the pages turning up to the unexpected ending. This romp is a guilty pleasure.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
“ATTN anyone who loves Big Little Lies, Mean Girls, and Desperate Housewives: May Cobb’s upcoming suspense novel is for you.”—Betches
“Sultry, salacious, and utterly unpredictable, THE HUNTING WIVES is the kind of book your mother warned you about. You'll devour it.”—Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Home Before Dark
One of Goodreads’ “Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021”
One of PopSugar’s “Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in 2021"
A Cosmopolitan Must-Read of the Summer
ABOUT THE HUNTING WIVES:
In THE HUNTING WIVES, Sophie O’Neill is trying to establish her life in Small- Town, Texas but so far she remains on the outside looking in when it comes to the group of women who run the town—in particular the queen bee, Margot Banks. She does what any good millennial would do and uses social media to work her way into Margot’s and her friends’ lives. Once she’s accepted, much to her delight, Sophie is quickly swept up into the group’s dangerous orbit of late-night target practice and extreme partying, utterly blinded by Margot’s alluring power. The more Sophie inserts herself into Margot’s life the more she alienates her own, neglecting her son and putting a strain on her marriage.
The red flags start small. A “just one more drink” here. A “swear you won’t tell” there. Then the body of a teenage girl is found in the same wooded area where the women go to shoot skeet . . . and all the evidence points to Sophie.
Cobb raises the bar for domestic thrillers by taking the already compelling “corrupted nice girl meets murder” trope and making Sophie a complicated, fascinating train wreck of a woman—a refreshing take on the presumably naïve protagonist. Sophie knows what she wants and is willing to do what it takes to get it. What she wants is Margot and thanks to Cobb’s vivid characterization, it’s not hard to understand why. She exudes confidence and sexuality, like Darcey Bell’s Emily in A Simple Favor. You can see the darkness but choose to ignore it in favor of attention from someone who’s approval you desperately crave.
The author cleverly captures East Texas life while simultaneously making it feel just as exclusive and bougie as Hollywood—a testament to Cobb’s skill. THE HUNTING WIVES is a delightfully shocking novel that will keep you glued to the pages until the very end. Perfect for fans of Samantha Downing and Ruth Ware, we hope you will consider THE HUNTING WIVES for review, roundups, and feature attention this coming spring season.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PHOTO CREDIT: Steve Noreyko
May Cobb earned her MA in literature from San Francisco State University, and her essays and interviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, Edible Austin, and Austin Monthly. Her debut novel, Big Woods, won multiple awards. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.
Connect with her online at www.maycobb.com, Twitter @maykcobb, and Instagram @may_cobb to learn more.
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