Jane Ramsey was screaming inside. To all appearances, she had it all: a lasting marriage to a corporate executive, a beautiful home in New Jersey, and the freedom to do what she wants. But now her pampered husband Jack has taken early retirement, and he expects her to serve him like his pretty young secretary always did—plus be his maid and personal chef. Jane could tolerate Jack and his condescending attitude when he was working long hours. Now winter is coming and they’ll be snowbound. For months. Just him and her.
Aren’t heart attacks common in men his age? But she has to put such thoughts out of her mind. And quickly, before she does something she regrets. More and more, she thinks about her sister Irene’s constant talk about how wonderful life as a snowbird is in Phoenix. Gradually, she wears Jack down and they go to visit Irene and her husband in their idyllic, gated retirement community.
Introduced to Irene and her husband’s circle of retiree friends, Jane quickly discovers that despite oversized retirement accounts and endless rounds of golf on picture-perfect courses, real life in these communities is nothing like the brochures. Resentment, sexual jealously, envy, and dark secrets seethe just below the surface. Soon the façade of happiness drops completely for one of their friends, and Jane, Irene and the other wives find themselves unwitting co-conspirators in the most heinous of crimes. Will they be able to maintain their pact of silence and return to their comfortable lives – or will a shrewd police detective discover the truth?