Around the Bend: A Novel

Around the Bend: A Novel

by Britney King

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In the tradition of Behind Closed Doors and The Girl on the Train comes an unsettling story about the lengths some are willing to go to hide the truth. Fans of domestic thrillers and psychological suspense will find Around The Bend addictive and unrelenting. 

Secrets can be deadly... 

If you were to pass me on the street, you probably wouldn't even look twice. I'm that normal. I'm just like you, only wealthier. I have it all. The kids, the family, the dog, a house on the hill. Hell--I'm so cliché, I even have a white picket fence. I guess you could say that I've dotted my I's and crossed my T's. But what I also have--what no one sees in yoga, or at Nieman Marcus, or during the dreadful Ladies Who Lunch charity events I attend (because only God knows why), and perhaps most importantly, in the school pick up line--are secrets.

Deep, dark, deadly secrets. 

We all keep secrets, don't we? We all have thoughts in our heads, things we do, things about us that if people knew, they'd be shocked...right? Well, what if one day we just decided to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak.

What if we decided to let the whole world in on our dirty little secrets? And what if along the way, as we were spilling those secrets, we realized that things aren't always what they seem and with that knowledge, it changed the whole story?

In this book, I'm laying it all out there. The unraveling of my life. My coming undone. What one might've seen had they been paying attention.

What I've found in life is people often believe lies before they'll believe the truth. Well, here it is, in a nutshell. I'll let you decide which is which...

If you enjoy dark reads, mystery and suspense, you'll love Britney King's bestselling psychological thrillers. More than 100K copies downloaded. Available in digital and print.

More Praise 

"Intense and cunning." 

"A wonderfully intense read."

"A compelling read for fans of thrillers/suspense with romantic elements." 

"Domestic suspense at its finest." 

"A fascinating storyline and absolutely exquisite prose."

"Addictive and fast-paced."

"A stunning page-turner. The perfect psychological thriller." 

"Domestic suspense at its finest." 

"I devoured this standalone. With no shortage of surprises, it made for captivating psychological fiction"

"An incredible page turner with realistic characters and chockful of suspense."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046250398
Publisher: Hot Banana Press
Publication date: 12/16/2014
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,865
File size: 726 KB

About the Author

Britney King writes psychological, domestic, and romantic thrillers set in suburbia. She is currently writing three series and several standalone novels. 

The Bedrock series (psychological/domestic/romantic thriller) features an unlikely heroine who should have known better. Turns out, she didn't. Thus she finds herself tangled in a messy, dangerous, forbidden love story and face-to-face with a madman hell-bent on revenge. The series has been compared to Fatal Attraction, Single White Female, and Basic Instinct.

The Water Trilogy (psychological/domestic/romantic thriller) follows the shady love story of an unconventional married couple-- he's an assassin--she kills for fun. It has been compared to a crazier version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Also, the hit series Dexter. 

Around The Bend, is a heart-pounding standalone (romantic suspense/domestic/psychological thriller), which traces the journey of a well-to-do suburban housewife, and her life as it unravels, thanks to the secrets she keeps. If she were the only one with things she wanted to keep hidden, then maybe it wouldn't have turned out so bad. But she wasn't.

The With You series (romantic suspense/contemporary romance) is a coming of age, friends to lovers, second chance (plus a few) love story about unlikely friends who travel the world; trying to find themselves, together and apart. It has been compared to Love, Rosie.

Britney lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children, two dogs, one ridiculous cat, and a partridge in a pear tree.

She enjoys hearing from readers and would love it if you would connect with her at or the plethora of social media accounts she posses. 

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Her characters may be hard to pin down, but she's not. She loves talking to readers, so feel free to email her at—she does her best to respond to everyone. 

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Around The Bend 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stunning! I was immersed and engaged from beginning to end. I experienced emotions on every level. This book makes me think about my own life and future. It may change some of the ways in which I live it. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an emotional rollercoaster. The description doesnt wholly feel like it jives with the book. Its about a wealthy family that shatters. it deals with addiction, love, and honesty. the characters were unique and intelligent. it was a beautiful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not normally what I enjoy and in the beginning chapters, I wasn’t sure I’d continue reading, but I’m glad I did. It’s an interesting character study of two people with diametrically opposed backgrounds who come together and form a lasting bond. While the ending was predictable, it was still and amazing story and I’m glad I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely story line bit the end was unexpected! I cried though...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After everything that Jessica experienced in her life I had hoped for a happy ending. But it was emotional, painful and helped her see the strength that he knew she had.
Anonymous 24 days ago
The story describes the heroine's struggles - with alcohol / drug addictions, a 'one sided marriage,' raising children, ... then finding support and a "happy ending?" Predictable, therefore a 4 star rating.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This story is riveting! I loved every page. I was so very sad when Myles died and Jessica was alone. they had such a wonderful love. This is a keeper that I would love to read again! Jessica went through so much but that made it so realistic. I don't have the words to express my feelings about this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. Fast read. First Britney King book I've read but will definately read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second time I have read this book and even knowing how it would end it still made me cry. She fought so many demons and found her happiness only to have it all broken again. This book will make you laugh, cry, humble yourself and realize how short life can be. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Britney King’s and I was so excited to get my hands on this one. Around The Bend was one heck of a rollercoaster ride, filled with twists and turns and OMG moments. Be ready with tissues and fists as Britney King had all my emotions raging while I read this novel that feels so much like real life. I hated to see it end. I was left with tears in my eyes and craving more, like a junkie needing their fix. If you are looking for thrills and chills that will stick with you after putting the book away, look no further. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Around The Bend by Britney King.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book!!!! Once I started reading I could not put down. I highly recommend this to all readers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling survival story with a killer twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully writen story, I couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were very real. Give it a read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow This author certainly can weave a tale! One of tne best books i have read in years. Starts out kind of slow, but stick with truly a very good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! Very well written. One of my favorites by far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book even though the story was not always happy, It was real and heartfelt
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and filled with raw emotion. A heart touching story. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I laughed and I cried and it made me really think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone who has loved and lost. I read this book in an hour because the story had me hooked, I couldn't put it down. I had tears rolling down my face by the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really emotional and had me hooked from beginning to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I could not put this book down. So many twist and unexpected turns. A must read.