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Poison

Poison

A Novel

Galt Niederhoffer

St. Martin's Press

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Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat and a yard, a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the Modern Family dream. Their family, including Cass' two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Portland —a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily in any marital bedroom. They seem insignificant, but they are quickly followed by a series of denials and feints that mushroom and then cyclone in menace.

With life-or-death stakes and irreversible consequences, Poison is a chilling and irresistible reminder that the closest bond designed to protect and provide for each other and for children can change in a minute.

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It’s Thursday night, just after six, and Cass does the things of a mother. She decapitates a head of broccoli and drops it into a pot of boiling water. She opens the lid on a vat of rice and nearly burns her face off. She...

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Praise for Poison

“This gripping, insightful work dissects a marriage in which Cass, a wife and mother of three, believes she is under attack from her perfect-to-the-outside-world husband. Throughout the novel, Cass’ racing thoughts, tormenting self-doubt, and fear for her family’s safety lay bare the torture of being gaslighted by a lying narcissist. Readers will be gripped by the did-he, didn’t-he plot: the mental gymnastics portrayed on the page are so spot-on that it is difficult to imagine that the novel isn’t autobiographical.” Booklist

"[A] twisty, juicy domestic thriller...[an] edgy page-turner [with] class and depth." - Elle

"A fast-paced, sophisticated thriller" - The New York Post

“The novel is ominous from Page 1, and with its slow-burn peril—both psychological and physical—building nicely, the suspense is sustained until the very end.” – Kirkus

“[E]ngrossing…this is a chilling and entertaining novel.” – Publishers Weekly

“Niederhoffer’s latest...is a can’t-put-down, intense literary psychological thriller. With a fast-paced, articulate and sophisticated third-person narrative, she expertly dispenses her traumatic tale of horrific betrayal, evil misdeeds and conspiracy theories while her amazingly vivid descriptions give readers a fly-on-the-wall viewpoint of this painful yet fascinating story.” RT Book Reviews

“This thriller has a slow and menacing pace, perfectly suited to the plot of suspected, sophisticated gaslighting.” – LitHub

“It will grab you…unsettle you…make you question the things you hold dear – family, marriage, and sanity. And it won’t let go until the very end.” – Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street

“With gripping, nuanced style, Galt Niederhoffer has written a novel – think of Gone Girl – that delivers an unbelievable reality, with twisty, turn-y, modern-day noir panache. Poison is both entertainment and a warning – and that is saying a lot.” – Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us

“Haunting.” – Lucinda Rosenfeld, author of Class

About the author

Galt Niederhoffer

GALT NIEDERHOFFER is a writer and producer. She has written several novels, including The Romantics and Poison, and has produced over thirty indie films, twelve of which were selections and award-winners at the Sundance Film Festival. She has produced films that won the Audience Award, Screenwriting Award, Directors Award, and Cinematography Award at Sundance. Niederhoffer has also been published in Vogue, New York Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar. She lives in New York City.

Galt Niederhoffer

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