The Plus One: A Novel (Paperback)

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White Lotus meets The Guest List in international bestselling author S. C. Lalli’s next thrilling novel, where two business moguls were set to be married in the biggest event of the year—until they’re both found murdered the day before the wedding—and a social outsider must unravel the mystery before her own hidden agenda is revealed.

The wedding of Radhika Singh and Raj Joshi, a weeklong affair at a luxury resort in Cabo, isn’t just going to be the event of the season—it will also mark the union of two highly influential and wealthy Indian-American families. No expense will be spared for what Radhika and Raj have coined “R&R,” a week of rest, relaxation, and celebrating their love. 

Shaylee “Shay” Kapoor is just an outsider, but she just so happens to be dating Raj’s best friend, Caleb Prescott III, and is sucked into this world of wealth and excess. But on the morning the wedding festivities are supposed to begin, the resort’s wedding coordinator Daniela makes a frightening discovery: Raj and Radhika are dead, gunshots to the head.

Chaos descends on the hotel as the guests are turned away or sent home. Shay stays by Caleb’s side as the investigation starts to unfold, family and close friends grieve, and accusations run wild. The police believe the murders are a drug cartel hit.

But even if it was a cartel hit, even if the murderer somehow got past the resort’s security, the hotel room doors have state-of-the-art locks. There was no way for the murderer to slip into the room without a key. And only the sister of the bride, Zara; the best men, Caleb and Sean; and the wedding coordinator, Daniela, have keys.

Shay may be an outsider—and she definitely has secrets of her own—but she may be the only person with enough perspective to untangle everyone’s lies, and discover why anyone would want the bride and groom dead. . .

About the Author

S. C. Lalli is the internationally bestselling author of Are You Sara?, one of NPR and Apple’s Best Books of the Year. She is also the acclaimed author of five romance and women’s fiction novels, which she published under her full name Sonya Lalli. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their mini goldendoodle, Joey. 

Praise For…

"High tension, high stakes, and multi-million-dollar deceptions! This taut and page-turning thriller, set in the dangerously opulent world of a luxurious resort and spotlighting an influential mega-marriage, brilliantly juggles the lure of fame and power with the passion for truth. Calling Hollywood: the cinematic murder mystery is perfect for the big screen—but it's equally dazzling on the page. And fans of White Lotus rejoice—this is your next obsession. S.C. Lalli is a star!" — Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of One Wrong Word

"The Plus One is a smart and entertaining who- and why-dunnit. The characters pop, the setting sparkles, and the twists keep coming." — Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of Dark Ride

“Welcome to the dream destination wedding of the year, where the rich and powerful mingle as they prepare to celebrate the happy couple. But not everything is as it seems—nor is everyone who they say they are—in the opulent world of The Plus One. Dig a little under the shiny layer of luxury, and you’ll find lies, deceit, subterfuge…and then murder. The Plus One is a suspenseful, fast-paced, and atmospheric thriller that’ll have you switching allegiances, suspects, and whydunit theories. An exhilarating and phenomenal read that may have you thinking twice about accepting that next wedding invitation!”  — Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Only One Survives

"The Plus One is a fun, suspenseful whodunit set in the wild world of desi weddings. From S.C. Lalli’s characters to the setting to the non-stop thrills, this book is an absolute must read. It had me guessing until the end—and I guessed wrong! Read this before you attend your next wedding." — Amina Akhtar, bestselling author of Almost Surely Dead

"It starts off with a nightmarishly riveting conceit: Two women with the same name accidentally switch cabs and one of them gets murdered at her wrong drop-off location... Are You Sara? cogently navigates the duality of identity, what it says about social hierarchy, and the things people will do to survive... S. C. Lalli’s debut thriller is punchy and an introspective reminder that money and power always come with dangerous strings attached."   — NPR, Books We Love

“Exhilarating… The twisty plot upsets conventional expectations while shining a light on casual sexism and racism. Readers will hope to see a lot more in this line from the versatile Lalli.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Dynamic women with complicated lives take center stage in this twisty mystery about a rideshare mix-up which results in murder. Lalli is a fresh voice in the thriller genre and a writer to watch!" — Wendy Walker, internationally bestselling author of Don’t Look For Me, on Are You Sara?

"Are You Sara? is a crackling spit-fire of suspense. I read it in two sittings! And that delicious little twist at the very end is a brilliant depiction of just how cunning women can be." — Wanda M. Morris, acclaimed author of All Her Little Secrets

"I love this premise: Sara accidentally gets into Sarah’s Uber and vice versa, and the mistake turns out to be deadly. So clever!" — Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author

"Deliciously dark and twisted, Are You Sara? hits the ground running and never loses momentum. This book embraces the often messy, sometimes misguided, and always difficult compromises universally made on the path to success, weaving an un-put-downable story that is the perfect propulsive page turner for summer." — Erica Katz, author of The Boys' Club and Fake

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063226319
ISBN-10: 0063226316
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 13th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English