She’s blossomed from wealthy surgeon’s beautiful daughter to elegant socialite to being the top fashion stylist in the country. And Nora Mackenzie is only days away from marrying into one of New York’s richest, most powerful families. But her fairy tale rise is rooted in an incredible deception—one scandal away from turning her perfect world to ashes . . .
What no one knows is that Nora is the biracial daughter of a Caribbean woman and a long-gone white father. Adopted—and abused—by her mother’s employer, then sent to an exclusive boarding school to buy her silence, Nora found that “passing” as a white woman could give her everything she never had. Every golden opportunity she seized and every deception she worked kept that powerless, forgotten girl forever in the past.
Now, an ex-classmate who Nora betrayed many years ago has returned to her life to even the score. She’s a woman who won’t be bought off, reasoned against, or pleaded with. Her machinations are turning Nora’s privilege into one gilded trap after another. Running out of choices, Nora must decide how far she will go to protect a lie or give up and finally face the truth.Praise for Nicole Blades and The Thunder Beneath Us
“Blades layers her narrative with twists, snap decisions, and deep introspection, building a story that feels realistic and human.” —Publishers Weekly
“Blades has crafted a fast-paced, immersive story of reinvention, hard-won confidence, and the power of self-acceptance.” —Booklist
“Passionate, gripping, and haunting, Nicole Blades’ second book is a riveting tale of shame, guilt, and absolution. It’s about a woman who has run so far from her past that she doesn’t know who she is anymore.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars