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From New York Times bestselling author Bryan Reardon comes a tense, twisting story about two brothers locked together in a dangerous game—and an unforgettable tale of a family’s dark secrets.
Liam Brennan teeters on the edge. Early one morning, he snaps, kidnapping a young woman who works for Drew Brennan, Liam’s older brother and the upstart candidate in a heated election. This sudden, vicious attack appears to be the beginning of an unthinkable spiral. But when it comes to the Brennan brothers, nothing is what it seems.
To the rest of the world, Liam is the troubled problem child who grew up to be his brother’s enforcer, while Drew has always been the perfect son and a charismatic leader who has his sights set on the governor’s mansion with his charming and beautiful wife, Patsy, by his side.
Now, as Liam tries to stay one step ahead of the authorities and his brother, every passing minute provides a deeper glimpse into the brothers’ past, long hidden behind a picture-perfect suburban veneer. With the threat of the truth surfacing, Liam and Drew are driven toward one final, desperate act...
About the Author
Bryan Reardon is the author of Finding Jake and The Real Michael Swann. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Bryan worked for the State of Delaware for more than a decade, starting in the Office of the Governor. He holds a degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife and kids.
“An intense and gripping psychological thriller. Bryan Reardon’s dark and intimate exploration of the damage we inflict on the people we are supposed to love kept me turning the pages at warp speed. The Perfect Plan is a nuanced, heartbreaking, and yet ultimately satisfying book.”
—Karen Dionne, author of the international bestseller The Marsh King's Daughter
“In his fast-paced, gritty novel, The Perfect Plan, Bryan Reardon pits brother against brother and takes his readers deep inside the corrupt world of a high-stakes political election. With an unapologetic eye, Reardon examines the lengths to which one man will go in order to gain power. Alternating between an action-packed present and a heartbreaking past, Reardon expertly builds his characters from the ground up and keeps readers guessing until the very end.”
—Lori Roy, Edgar Award–winning author of The Disappearing
“A gripping psychological thriller.”
“Reardon’s follow-up to The Real Michael Swann is another tense and entertaining thriller that keeps its hold on the reader.”
Praise for Bryan Reardon and The Real Michael Swann
“Bryan Reardon keeps the action moving so expertly that I read [The Real Michael Swann] nearly in one sitting and I bet you'll want to, too.”
—The Charlotte Observer
“[Reardon] reminds us, in these often terrifying times, how quickly the ground beneath us can disappear when all we’re trying to do is return home.”
—The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
"Reardon delivers another page-turner with frighteningly plausible scenarios, an occasionally wrenching narrative, and a final message that is particularly relevant for our times."
—Library Journal (starred review)
“For when you’re craving an I’m-not-sure-where-this-is-going ride of a read.”
"What seems like a straightforward story . . . becomes much more in the hands of Reardon. Surprises on many levels and genuine thrills are abundant in this engrossing thriller."
“A dark, twisting thriller that will keep readers up into the wee hours. Harlan Coben meets Greg Iles, with plenty of misdirection.”
“An intriguing and original premise . . . many twists and turns that keep readers guessing till the end.”
“[An] addictively readable thriller . . . Readers shouldn’t be surprised if they find themselves staying up to finish this in one sitting.”
“A thriller that will keep you guessing.”
—The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
“A fantastic commentary on what we think we know about those we love, as well as violence in the United States.”
—Read It Forward
“Out of all the books I’ve read so far this year, I cannot think of one that caught me more by surprise than this one.”
—The Real Book Spy
“This is just an overall riveting book, and it works as a thriller, a mystery, and an astute autopsy of a marriage, not to mention a well-drawn family drama. Nicely done.”
“A thoughtful novel about misidentification, family bonds, and marriage . . . Without using car chases or overt violence, Reardon keeps the suspense high.”
“The Real Michael Swann is a twisting, heart-wrenching journey into a marriage, a gripping thriller, and the story of a family ripped apart by terrible violence. Bryan Reardon grabs his readers on page one, then deftly ratchets up the suspense page-by-page revealing slim fragments of truth until the breathless ending. A chilling, haunting read.”
—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter
“The Real Michael Swann pulls you right in and leaves you gasping. It's gripping, smart, and to-the-minute timely, with two memorable and powerfully sympathetic central characters.”
—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment
“What begins as a portrait of a modern marriage swiftly evolves into a shocking, complex examination of the American Dream—what it was, what it has become, and what remains. Both a love story and a brilliant social commentary, The Real Michael Swann moved me deeply and kept me turning pages deep into the night.”
—Amanda Eyre Ward, author of The Same Sky
“Bryan Reardon’s compelling new novel lives at the intersection of ripped-from-the-headlines catastrophe and abiding, deeply personal human love. Julia and Michael’s marriage is so finely drawn that Julia’s crisis of faith in her husband felt every bit as crucial to me as the national horror unfolding around her. The marriage, at least as much as the mystery, kept me up late, with my heart in my throat, turning pages.”
—Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Belong to Me and I’ll Be Your Blue Sky
“The Real Michael Swann takes you on a wild, suspenseful ride that has you holding your breath from the very first page to the startling, shocking twist at the end. Amid terrifying tragedy and desolation, Bryan Reardon masterfully delivers an intimate, heartbreaking portrayal of a family whose love, trust, and loyalty for each other is put to the ultimate test.”
—Rhiannon Navin, author of Only Child
“The Real Michael Swann is a riveting read, pertinent and relevant to the times we now live in, with characters that keep the reader emotionally involved right up until its almost shocking ending. A highly recommended and insightful work of fiction.”
—Lisa Ballantyne, author of Everything She Forgot