Under the Palms

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Thomas & Mercer
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author

Kaira Rouda is a multiple award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction that explores what goes on beneath the surface of seemingly perfect lives. Her novels of domestic suspense include The Next Wife, The Favorite Daughter, Best Day Ever, and All the Difference. To date, Kaira's work has been translated into more than ten languages. She lives in Southern California with her family and is working on her next novel. For more information, visit www.kairarouda.com.


Praise for Kaira Rouda

Under the Palms

"Rouda keeps the complications coming...Fans of lethal soap operas will be happy to know that a third season is on the way." --Kirkus Reviews

"Kaira Rouda writes with such a fresh, engaging voice--she pulled me into this story from page one! I loved everything about Under the Palms the secrets, power games, over-the-top luxury and complex characters. If you're looking for a delicious read, you need to pick up this book!" --Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling author of House of Glass

"The Kingsleys' are back and just as devilishly devious as before. Under the Palms is a single-sitting, binge-worthy page-turner. I didn't think this family's behavior could get any more appalling, but Kaira Rouda delivers with whip sharp banter and morally gray characters bent on doing their worst, even if it's murder. For anyone feeling a dry spell after Succession, snap up this book. It's pure fun." --Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author

"In Under the Palms, the endlessly entertaining Kaira Rouda has created a high-octane whodunnit as unpredictable as the Santa Ana winds. Rouda brings back the notorious Kingsley crew, dropping them at an exclusive resort with a hidden, dangerous underbelly, tosses in corporate intrigue, plenty of backbiting, and a shocking murder. This heart-stopping page-turner will leave readers begging for more time with the Kingsleys in all their dysfunctional glory." --Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest and Everyone Is Watching

"Calling Hollywood--this is your next big thriller! It's so much fun to watch rich people behaving badly, and this riveting plot and immersive settings had me turning the pages as fast as I could. But be warned: on the outside, it's a frothy delicious vacation book, but the wonderful Kaira Rouda also reveals a deep understanding of psychology, business, passion, and power. Not to be missed!" --Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of One Wrong Word

"Dive into a riveting tale of power, secrets, and betrayal in Kaira Rouda's latest novel, where the opulent world of the Kingsley family becomes a battleground for dark ambitions. With Paige, the new president at the helm, the family's weekend retreat at a luxurious Laguna Beach resort unravels a perilous game. This gripping, propulsive novel is pure entertainment from beginning to end. A delectable read that I couldn't put down!" --Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of The Leftover Woman

"The Kingsleys are back, once again fighting for control of the family business--and fortune--this time at an exclusive seaside resort. Rouda plops readers into the heart of this dysfunctional family, where the battle for power quickly turns ugly...and darkly comedic. A propulsive, unputdownable tale and an incredibly fun ride." --Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of The Paris Widow

Beneath the Surface

"Original, clever, deftly crafted, and featuring the author's distinctive and narrative-driven storytelling style." --Midwest Book Review

"Beneath the Surface is a perfect summer escapist read." --Mystery & Suspense Magazine

"When the wealthy patriarch of a family business invites his children on a trip from Newport Beach to Catalina Island aboard his new yacht, Rouda fans will know to buckle their seat belts...King Lear goes to the beach. Yes." --Kirkus Reviews

"It's Succession on a yacht in this delicious and fast-paced thriller! Beneath the Surface has it all--secrets, lies, and rich family drama. Filled with characters you love to hate, this was a twisty and entertaining ride I never wanted to end. Rouda is at her best!" --Jeneva Rose, New York Times bestselling author of You Shouldn't Have Come Here

"Devious, twisty, and completely unputdownable, Kaira Rouda's Beneath the Surface is Knives Out meets Succession but on a billionaire's yacht! Beneath the Surface is Rouda at her stupendous, binge-worthy best! I devoured this delicious thriller!" --May Cobb, author of A Likeable Woman and The Hunting Wives

"Succession meets The White Lotus on the open seas. With a penchant for revealing the darker side of wealth and the antics of family values deteriorating, Kaira Rouda takes us on a journey where an embattled family gathers for a high-stakes weekend, clambering to the top, and risking everything." --Georgina Cross, bestselling author of One Night, Nanny Needed, and The Stepdaughter

"Kaira Rouda has cornered the market on scandal and intrigue among the one percent. Suspenseful and glamorous, full of scheming and twists, Beneath the Surface is Succession meets Elin Hilderbrand." --Michele Campbell, bestselling author of It's Always the Husband

"Beneath the Surface is a gripping thriller filled with characters you love to hate. I couldn't put it down until the very last page!" --Freida McFadden, New York Times bestselling author of The Housemaid

The Widow

"A deliciously diabolical take on marriage, politics, and the lies that bind." --Library Journal

"[A] wild mix of intrigue, secrets, and corruption." --Publishers Weekly

"What happens when 'the woman behind the man' has a dark secret of her own? Slick and rocket paced, The Widow by Kaira Rouda is a top-notch political thriller. With hairpin twists and turns, insider knowledge, glamorous settings, and a whole cast of untrustworthy characters, Rouda expertly ratchets up the tension, keeping her readers breathlessly turning the pages. And the deliciously devious Jody Asher is as cold and calculating as she is riveting. A captivating read!" --Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six

"The Widow pulls back the curtain to reveal an insider's look at the fascinating and duplicitous world of DC politics. This stunning page-turner has a cast of characters with dangerous secrets and hidden motives. Rouda's best so far!" --Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

"Known for her fiendishly cagey characters, Kaira Rouda introduces readers to her most diabolical cast to date in the cleverly crafted The Widow. Tense, sharply written, and ticking with suspense, The Widow is a killer edge-of-your-seat thriller with an eye-popping glimpse into DC politics and simmering grudges. Rouda is at her best with this devilishly smart novel that kept me guessing to the very end. Clear your calendar; you don't want to miss one scintillating minute with The Widow." --Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest

"Kaira Rouda is back with another delicious and darkly comedic tale, this time pulling back the curtain on the glamorous and backstabbing world of Washington politics. Rouda takes her readers into the heart of a messed-up marriage, where scandal threatens to sap a congressman's reelection campaign. Packed with juicy secrets and intrigue, The Widow is a propulsive, unputdownable tale of a couple's battle for power, and an incredibly fun ride." --Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of My Darling Husband

"With her signature dark wit and clever insights, Kaira Rouda takes us deep into the fascinating world of power and politics, where ambition and manipulation reign and shameful secrets become weapons. The Widow is a breathless page-turner with a ruthless and conniving protagonist that you can't help rooting for. This might be Rouda's best book yet!" --Robyn Harding, bestselling author of The Perfect Family

"Kaira Rouda is on top of her game with her latest thriller, The Widow, a suspenseful tale filled with backstabbing, page-turning goodies: Capitol Hill shenanigans, manipulative lobbyists, adulterous politicians, opportunistic interns, and dirty backroom deals. In other words, welcome to Washington, DC--a place where the secrets have secrets. Rouda's 'I'm not a bitch, you're a bitch' protagonist is an overly seasoned, 'supportive' spouse living her best life in the hallowed halls of Congress...until that lifestyle is threatened. Then look out: Rouda will come at you with zingers and power plays, giving the coldhearted widow her veil of opportunity, proving repeatedly that it is the political spouse who wields the real power on the Hill, and she has no intention of letting go." --Lisa Barr, New York Times bestselling author of Woman on Fire

"Gripping and brimming with insider intrigue, The Widow delivers with each scandalous, suspenseful page! With a main character I loved to hate, this story has all the twists and turns readers have come to expect from Kaira Rouda. Grab your copy and get ready to tear through The Widow faster than a pile of unmarked bills." --Elle Marr, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Strangers We Know

"I tore through this book in two breathless sittings. With The Widow, Kaira Rouda has given us a political thriller that's ingeniously structured and packed full of razor-sharp observations about the machinations of Washington power couples. It's smart, timely, and wickedly fun. You won't be able to put it down." --Grant Ginder, author of Let's Not Do That Again and The People We Hate at the Wedding

"In The Widow, Kaira Rouda perfectly captures the experience of being a congressional spouse and all the complicated intricacies of that lifestyle and then adds her signature flair to make it a riveting story that only she could tell. It is impossible to put down." --Lacey Schwartz Delgado, filmmaker, former congressional spouse, and Second Lady of New York

Somebody's Home

Listed in "Best Thrillers Coming in 2022" by She Reads

"Whatever the opposite of family values is, Rouda seems intent on perfecting a genre that enshrines it." --Kirkus Reviews

"Suspense and thriller readers will be on the edge of their seats for this novel that exposes the dark underbelly of human nature." --Library Journal

"There are great characters moving the story along, that sweep away the reader in this story of families, revenge, and secrets." --News and Sentinel

"A truly unputdownable novel that had me gripped--and anxious--from the first sentence! Captivating, fast paced, and unsettling, Somebody's Home is astonishingly good. I gulped it down." --Sally Hepworth, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister

"Somebody's Home kept me riveted from the first page to the last. A gripping psychological thriller you don't want to miss!" --Lucinda Berry, bestselling author of The Perfect Child

"Somebody's Home starts like a hurricane out at sea: some wind, some waves, a sense of approaching danger. But the story moves fast, gains velocity, and suddenly you are turning the pages, unable to stop, heart in your throat, knowing that something terrible is going to happen and nothing will stop it. The threats come from all sides, and it's so hard to know who to trust. The characters are wonderful and complex; the setting feels like the house next door, which makes it all the more terrifying; and the ending nearly killed me. Kaira Rouda has written a terrific, gripping thriller." --Luanne Rice, bestselling author of The Shadow Box

"With an intriguing cast of characters and a killer premise, Somebody's Home is a thriller worth staying up all night for. Fast paced and relentless, Kaira Rouda cranks up the tension with every turn of the page. With unexpected twists and jaw-dropping revelations, Rouda knows how to draw readers close and keep them entranced." --Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest

"Privilege, social disenchantment, and extreme family tensions are the threads running through this tense novel. Kaira Rouda lets us into the lives of two families and what happens when their paths cross. Gripping and fast paced with an explosive conclusion!" --Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author

"Taut with foreboding from the first page, Kaira Rouda's Somebody's Home is an unsettling portrait of an antisocial man, a master of the universe, and the women caught between them. The rotating points of view and incisive, clear writing are sure to keep you flipping the pages until you reach the shocking conclusion!" --Katherine St. John, author of The Siren

"Trust your instincts and grab a copy of Kaira Rouda's Somebody's Home. In Rouda's latest thriller, a mother trusts her instincts when she knows the person on her property is threatening her family. But what if the threat is coming at her from all sides and more than one person is hiding a dark secret? A compulsive, fast read, Somebody's Home reveals what people will do to protect not only their homes but the families within those four walls. A captivating read." --Georgina Cross, bestselling author of The Stepdaughter