The Idea of Him
William Morrow / April 1, 2014 / $14.99 print, $10.99 digital
Allie Crawford has the life she always dreamed of—she's number two at a high-profile P.R. firm; she has two kids she adores; and her husband is a blend of handsome and heroic. Wade is everything she thought a man was supposed to be—he's running a successful newsmagazine and, best of all, he provides the stable yet exciting New York City life Allie believes she needs in order to feel secure and happy.
But when Allie finds Wade locked in their laundry room with a stunning blonde in snakeskin sandals, a scandal ensues that flips her life on its head. And when the woman wants to befriend Allie, an old flame calls, and a new guy gets a little too close for comfort, she starts to think her marriage is more of a facade than something real. Maybe she's fallen in love not with Wade—but with the idea of him.
Captivating and seductive, told in the whip-smart voice of a woman who is working hard to keep her parenting and career on track, The Idea of Him is a novel of conspiracy, intrigue, and intense passion—and discovering your greatest strength through your deepest fears.
It’s hard to describe exactly what category The Idea of Him falls into—it has elements of romance, mystery, suspense and women’s fiction. All I know is I could not put it down. Holly Peterson, also the author of The Manny, presents the story of Allie Crawford, a successful married Manhattan PR executive whose life gets turned upside down not (entirely) by another man, but another woman—no, not like that. Jackie Malone, the other woman who crosses her path, is sexy and mysterious, but looks like trouble. She’s someone Allie alternately hates, fears, and admires, a femme fatale who wreaks havoc on Allie’s life.