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As Long as We Both Shall Live

As Long as We Both Shall Live

A Novel

JoAnn Chaney

Flatiron Books

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“Unputdownable….This novel is anything but predictable. The female characters are forces of nature, and the plot twists are deliciously demented, a la Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.” —People

You can’t be married to someone without sometimes wanting to kill them...

As Long As We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaney’s wicked, masterful examination of a marriage gone very wrong, a marriage with lots of secrets…

“My wife! I think she’s dead!” Matt frantically tells park rangers that he and his wife, Marie, were hiking when she fell off a cliff into the raging river below. They start a search, but they aren’t hopeful: no one could have survived that fall. It was a tragic accident.

But Matt’s first wife also died in suspicious circumstances. And when the police pull a body out of the river, they have a lot more questions for Matt.

Detectives Loren and Spengler want to know if Matt is a grieving, twice-unlucky husband or a cold-blooded murderer. They dig into the couple’s lives to see what they can unearth. And they find that love’s got teeth, it’s got claws, and once it hitches you to a person, it’s tough to rip yourself free.

So what happens when you’re done making it work?

CHAPTER ONE


September 3, 1995

Madison, Wisconsin

Her life would be so much easier if she’d never gotten married.

It was a terrible thing to think, but the truth is never nice. That’s something her mother always...

Praise for As Long as We Both Shall Live

One of the Best Winter Thrillers from The New York Times Book Review
One of CrimeReads' Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019
PureWow: 15 Creepy New Thrillers We’re Cozying Up with This Winter
Editor’s Choice, The New York Times Book Review

“The pleasure of As Long As We Both Shall Live is that Chaney’s…on the run too, a half-step ahead of us.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Let’s just say this twisty, noir-soaked book, which will appeal to fans of Megan Abbott and Laura Lippman (not to mention James M. Cain), makes a cutting statement about the plight of even the most feminist wives….There’s never a point in which Chaney doesn’t have you in the palm of her hand.” —Chicago Tribune

“A really satisfying domestic suspense marriage thriller in the Liane Moriarty tradition….A great beach reach.” —New York Times Book Review podcast

“Unputdownable...This novel is anything but predictable. The female characters are forces of nature, and the plot twists are deliciously demented, a la Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.”
People

“Chaney grabs readers with her opening line: ‘If you try to kill your wife without a plan, you will fail.’…Marriage laid bare, with a riveting account of evasion and pursuit—and a zinger of a coda.”Booklist, starred review

Far more than a typical murder mystery. From the first propulsive line, ‘If you try to kill your wife without a plan you will fail,’ to the stunning conclusion, the reader is swept along in a twisting, turning journey tha… More…



One of the Best Winter Thrillers from The New York Times Book Review
One of CrimeReads' Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019
PureWow: 15 Creepy New Thrillers We’re Cozying Up with This Winter
Editor’s Choice, The New York Times Book Review

“The pleasure of As Long As We Both Shall Live is that Chaney’s…on the run too, a half-step ahead of us.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Let’s just say this twisty, noir-soaked book, which will appeal to fans of Megan Abbott and Laura Lippman (not to mention James M. Cain), makes a cutting statement about the plight of even the most feminist wives….There’s never a point in which Chaney doesn’t have you in the palm of her hand.” —Chicago Tribune

“A really satisfying domestic suspense marriage thriller in the Liane Moriarty tradition….A great beach reach.” —New York Times Book Review podcast

“Unputdownable...This novel is anything but predictable. The female characters are forces of nature, and the plot twists are deliciously demented, a la Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.”
People

“Chaney grabs readers with her opening line: ‘If you try to kill your wife without a plan, you will fail.’…Marriage laid bare, with a riveting account of evasion and pursuit—and a zinger of a coda.”Booklist, starred review

Far more than a typical murder mystery. From the first propulsive line, ‘If you try to kill your wife without a plan you will fail,’ to the stunning conclusion, the reader is swept along in a twisting, turning journey that is as much a treatise on marriage as on murder.” —Mystery Scene


"Chaney alternates past and present, creating an unbearably urgent narrative, and she has a shockingly firm grasp on the barbs and ennui of long-term marriage. A perfectly paced, shock-studded chiller from an author to watch." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This book is a wicked page-turner, dripping in dark humor, and a hell of a ride you won’t realize you are on until it’s too late to get off. So strap-in, and read this before anyone spoils the fun.”
—BookRiot

“The perfect beach read, a multiple-murder and suspense saga that will keep readers engrossed and guessing."
BookPage

“This twisty thriller will keep your heart rate elevated right up to the final page.”
Bookish

“We credit Chaney in particular for giving us two great female characters—one detective and one victim (who may be much more than that).”
—PureWow

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JoAnn Chaney

JoAnn Chaney is a graduate of UC Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA program. She lives in Colorado with her family. She is the author of What You Don't Know, which was longlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award and was one of BookRiot's Best Mysteries of the Year, and As Long As We Both Shall Live.

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