In an idyllic house in a Swedish wood, Merry and her husband are building their new dream life with their young baby, far away from events that overshadowed their old life in New York. And they’re happy, aren’t they? Blissfully, blissfully happy.
When Merry’s childhood friend Frances comes to say, Frances barely recognises her old friend Merry, pureeing baby food, baking, living the Swedish dream. But disturbing little glimpses of the old Merry peek through once in a while. And Frances is sure this idyllic life in the woods in not quite all it seems.
And then a terrible tragedy unfolds…
About the author
Michelle Sacks was born and raised in Cape Town. She is currently based in Switzerland but spends much time in the UK and the rest of Europe. She has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2014, and had two short stories shortlisted for the 2007 and 2011 South African PEN Literary Award.
‘Extremely scary scandi-noir, definitely not for the squeamish… the writing is first-class.’ Daily Mail
‘This dark, unflinching look at motherhood, friends and marriage is unsettling but addictive’ Fabulous Magazine
‘A domestic thriller in which dreams unravel into nightmares.’
‘A chilling, gut-wrenching psychological thriller with an extraordinary intense narrative and utterly believable characters.’ Helen Fields
‘Dark, unsettling, and utterly absorbing … I loved it from first page to last.’ Amanda Jennings
‘Bloody Nora! If dark toxic relationships are your thing, this is one for you. Unsettling intensity with each page turned, arresting and intriguing. I read it holding my breath.’ Nina Pottell
‘You Were Made For This has everything a psychological thriller needs…toxic and stifling, the story drew me in and kept me up turning the pages long after I should have gone to bed.’ Lisa Hall
‘Absolutely addictive. A dark exploration of motherhood and friendship – visceral, unputdownable, and original. You’ll never look at Sweden the same way again!’ Phoebe Morgan
‘A haunting first novel… an unblinking look at beautiful people with ugly secrets, it has the voyeuristic fascination of a Bergman film.’ Publishers Weekly
‘an insightful and skilfully constructed novel… will keep readers rapt to the final page.’ Booklist
‘Sacks’ first novel expertly portrays the dark side of domesticity and motherhood. Fans of dark and twisted psychological thrillers will be swept up in the appearance of domestic bliss and maternal perfection, only to be left off-kilter and breathless with each costume change.’ Library Journal
‘The savage beauty of Michelle Sacks’s prose nestled within the most chilling of stories will leave you shaken and bereft. It is a stunning accomplishment.’ Heather Gudenkauf
‘A taut novel of deception, full of heart-wrenching twists and turns…richly compelling.’ Jennifer McMahon