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Something to Hide
A Novel
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"Classic Moggach: readable, memorable . . . an unashamedly colorful journey across continents, with clothes, food, landscapes brought joyously to life." —The Times (London)

"Nobody in the world knows our secret . . . that I've ruined Bev's life, and she's ruined mine."

Petra's romantic life has always been a car crash, and even in her sixties she's still getting it disastrously wrong. And then she falls in love with Jeremy, an old friend visiting from abroad. There's just one catch: Jeremy is married to her best friend, Bev.

Meanwhile, on opposite sides of the world, two other women are also struggling with the weight of betrayal: Lorrie, a Texan, is about to embark on the biggest deception of her life, and in China, Li Jing is trying to understand exactly what it is her husband does on his business trips.

It turns out that no matter where you are in the world or how well you think you know the one you love, everyone has secrets.

"Classic Moggach: readable, memorable . . . an unashamedly colorful journey across continents, with clothes, food, landscapes brought joyously to life." —The Times (London)

"Nobody in the world knows our secret . . . that I've ruined Bev's life, and she's ruined mine."

Petra's romantic life has always been a car crash, and even in her sixties she's still getting it disastrously wrong. And then she falls in love with Jeremy, an old friend visiting from abroad. There's just one catch: Jeremy is married to her best friend, Bev.

Meanwhile, on opposite sides of the world, two other women are also struggling with the weight of betrayal: Lorrie, a Texan, is about to embark on the biggest deception of her life, and in China, Li Jing is trying to understand exactly what it is her husband does on his business trips.

It turns out that no matter where you are in the world or how well you think you know the one you love, everyone has secrets.

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  • DEBORAH MOGGACH is a British writer who has written fifteen previous novels, some of which have been published in the US (Tulip Fever and, most recently, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel—originally published as These Foolish Things). She has adapted many of her novels as TV dramas and has also written several film scripts, including the BAFTA-nominated screenplay for Pride & Prejudice. She has also written two collections of short stories and a stage play. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a former Chair of the Society of Authors and has served on the executive committee of PEN.

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  • Kirkus

    March 1, 2016
    The latest from Moggach (Heartbreak Hotel, 2015, etc.) is a hodgepodge of infidelity and other lies that spans four continents. In Pimlico, London, Petra falls in love with her best friend's husband, Jeremy. In Beijing, China, Li Jing has just learned that her absentee husband, Wang Lei, is infertile. In White Springs, Texas, Lorrie signs up to be a surrogate mother after losing her nest egg in an Internet scam. All these threads lead to Oreya, West Africa, where both Jeremy and Lei do business and where Asaf, who operates a cellphone charging station, is plugged in to everyone's secrets. Petra's complicated relationship with Bev, her former roommate, is the most vivid--Petra learns firsthand that Bev's cheerful social media posts about her happy marriage are pure fiction, and their shared history gives context to her whirlwind romance with Bev's husband. She has more of a butterfly effect on the other characters, whose outrageous predicaments unfold unevenly in alternating chapters. Lorrie can explain how she can hide her pregnant belly from her neighbors--she's a stereotypical fat American who is a victim of corn syrup as well as fraud--but it's harder to believe she'd hide such a life-altering choice from her spouse, who is away on military duty. Jing, in contrast, seems happier not knowing where her husband's money is coming from. When they finally meet in West Africa--in a poor but modernized area populated by wild dogs, wily locals, and an unscrupulous pharmaceutical company--they confront their false assumptions about each other and begin to consider the impact of their actions on the world as well as in their own lives. Kooky and diverse, each woman's secret unfolds in scintillating bits that lead to a scandalous finish.

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  • Library Journal

    April 15, 2016

    The choices we make in life always come back to haunt us. Secrets abound in this 18th novel by acclaimed British author Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). Petra's battles with depression, loneliness, and her need for drama reach a head when the phone rings. It's her old friend Jeremy, husband of her closest friend, Bev, and he's in the States. Would she like to meet for a drink? Petra's story intertwines with that of Lorrie, who is surrogate mother of Wang Lei and his wife, Li Jing's, unborn child. Although Lorrie's battles are different from Petra's and Li Jing's, they are tied together in a web of secret lives, desires, and relationships. Li Jing doesn't really know her husband at all, and as the story unfolds we are taken to the cities and backcountry of West Africa, where the lives of four far-flung women interconnect through circumstance and choice, some not of their own making. VERDICT Readers familiar with the author will wonder when this book will hit the big screen. The sweeping landscapes of West Africa, the secrets of women whose experiences are bound together, and the suspense of their stories are consuming.--Jane Blue, Andrews P.L., NC

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews "Kooky and diverse, each woman's secret unfolds in scintillating bits that lead to a scandalous finish."
  • Library Journal "Readers familiar with the author will wonder when this book will hit the big screen. The sweeping landscapes of West Africa, the secrets of women whose experiences are bound together, and the suspense of their stories are consuming."
  • Daily Telegraph (London), **** "Pulling the reader along on a fast-paced transcontinental journey, Something to Hide is engaging, poignant and prompts snorts of laughter."
  • Tatler (UK) "A poignant story of the secrets and deceptions that lie at the heart of every relationship."
  • The Times (London) "Classic Moggach: readable, memorable.... Something To Hide takes us on an unashamedly colorful journey across continents, with clothes, food, landscape brought joyously to life."
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