Doublecrossed takes readers on a psychological journey into a relationship built on betrayal and the lengths people will go to for financial gain.


The Description

Publication Date: April 2, 2022

Ever dream of finding the perfect lover? When Alexandra Wyatt meets Marnie Hardwick, Alex is thrilled to end her solitary, unhappy existence. After several blissful months, the two women buy a house set deep in a dense pine forest. However, the landscape soon dissolves from idyllic to disturbing as Alex begins to suspect the relationship is an illusory trap. Fueled by jealousy, anger, and curiosity, Alex rushes into a bizarre intersection of past and present that holds treacherous consequences.

Doublecrossed is a suspenseful tale of desire, deception, betrayal, and smoldering revenge that sparks a complex plot to achieve retribution. At once a strange love story and a cascading nightmare, written in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith, the novel entangles the reader in a web of psychological intrigue.

Doublecrossed includes scenes of physical violence and abuse and is recommended for mature adults.

The Review

Alexandra Wyatt thinks she has found the perfect partner in Marnie Hardwick. Caught up in a whirlwind romance, Alex agrees to buy a house with Marnie, even though she funds the majority of the purchase. As they settle into a comfortable routine, Alex begins to find clues indicating deception.

In Doublecrossed, author Laury Egan weaves a tale packed with betrayal. The deeper Alex digs, the more danger she finds herself in, forcing a fight for her life. Packed with twists and turns, the story also forces Alex to deal with the past.

While there are certainly violent aspects and abusive scenarios in the story, they are necessary to fully convey the psychological and physical suffering Alex endures. As a character, I found Alex to be well-developed. I did, however, doubt her sanity when presented with an option to escape; she chose to attempt revenge. In contrast, Marnie is a master at pretense.

The author effectively builds a high level of suspense, particularly surrounding the identity of the other person involved in the deception. The unraveling of Alex’s financial holdings, from the liquidation of investments to shopping sprees maxing out her credit cards, served to heighten the anticipation. The end result yielded surprises but tied up all the loose ends.

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About The AuthorLaury A. Egan is the author of “The Outcast Oracle” (listed as a 2013 Best Book by Kirkus Reviews), a psychological suspense novel, “Jenny Kidd,” a collection “Fog and Other Stories,” a comedy, “Fabulous! An Opera Buffa,” two mystery/romance novels, “A Bittersweet Tale” and “The Ungodly Hour,” a literary work, “The Swimmer, a YA novel, “Turnabout,” and a literary suspense, “Wave in D Minor.” Four poetry books have been issued in limited edition: “Snow, Shadows, a Stranger;” “Beneath the Lion’s Paw;” “The Sea & Beyond;” and “Presence & Absence.” Her work has appeared in over 35 literary journals and anthologies.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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Doublecrossed takes readers on a psychological journey into a relationship built on betrayal and the lengths people will go to for financial gain.4.5-STAR REVIEW: DOUBLECROSSED by Laury A. Egan