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In this high concept psychological suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter, a chance meeting with a woman in an airport sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth.

Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work, his life a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, he meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it’s time for their respective flights, Morgan kisses Joshua passionately, lamenting that they’ll never see each other again.

As soon as Morgan disappears in the crowd, Joshua is shocked to see her face on a nearby TV. The reason: Morgan is a missing person.

What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets as Joshua tries to discover why Morgan has vanished from her own life. Every time he thinks one mystery is solved, another rears its head—and his worst enemy might be his own assumptions about those around him.

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Praise for: Layover

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  • New York Post Best Books of the Week
  • Read it Forward Best Thrillers of the Summer
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“[A] fast-paced thriller…Bell keeps the reader guessing whodunit until the end. Fans of romantic sentimental thrillers will find a lot to like.” Publishers Weekly 

“David Bell takes what could have been a fleeting moment between strangers to tell a whirlwind story about secrets, regrets, and sacrifice. LAYOVER is a deliciously infectious thriller.” —Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife

“I flew through this twisty, riveting psychological thriller at breakneck speed, hooked from the first page right up through the book’s breathless conclusion.” —Cristina Alger, national bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife

“In the hands of a master of suspense like Bell, a chance flirtation at an airport leads to a fast-paced novel filled with turbulence. Make sure your belt is fastened and enjoy! Bell is at his best.” —Kaira Rouda, USA Today bestselling author of Best Day Ever

“David Bell once again plunges the Everyman (or woman) into situations both ordinary and extraordinary. Subtle, insightful, and very human, LAYOVER brings to mind the best of James M. Cain.” —Christina Dalcher, national bestselling author of Vox

“An ingenious setup….Smart and highly addictive, this one should come with a warning: don’t start until you’re prepared to read straight through.” —Kimberly Belle, national bestselling author of The Marriage Lie

“A killer premise kicks off David Bell’s twisty, breakneck thriller, and has you tearing through the pages to a shattering finale.” —Louise Candlish, international bestselling author of Our House

“A terrifically tense thriller with a femme fatale who will keep you guessing until the very end. The perfect airplane read!” —Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Time I Lied

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Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Books USA