Happiness is relative. For Natalie Greene, that relative is her stepsister, Isabel Walker, “The Happiness Guru.” Despite Isabel’s guidance, Natalie can’t control her recently re-triggered PTSD over a childhood car crash: the dread; the nightmares; and the all-consuming, terrifying thought, “I think I killed my mother.”
“Bokat is an evocative wordsmith . . . she has crafted a sympathetic heroine as her main character . . . . A compulsively readable mystery and character study. The verdict: Get it.”―Kirkus Reviews
“Evocatively written and ferociously paced, Bokat’s latest is a puzzle-box wrapped in a paranoia tale that rivets while exploring the complexities of grief, the anxieties of modern life, and the lasting harm of childhood trauma. Ulterior motives and shocking reveals abound, making for an anxious read that domestic suspense fans will be tempted to devour in a single sitting.”―Mystery Scene Magazine
“So, so smart, and as downright dangerous a read as the edge of a razor, Bokat’s book is a masterful study of memory, family, and the lies that derail us. Don’t even dare to think you’ll get any sleep once you start reading.” — Caroline Leavitt, New York Times best-selling author of 'Pictures of You' and 'With or Without You'
“Sharp, quick-witted, with twists you can’t foresee, Bokat’s smart new thriller is like a cyanide pill wrapped in chocolate truffle—dangerous but irresistible. The Happiness Thief will swallow you whole.” ―Tess Callahan, author of April and Oliver
“Nicole Bokat has the rare and precious gift of being both a master storyteller and an elegant poet. Each and every sentence dazzles in this intelligent and fiery tale about family, loss, and what it means to feel happy, whole.”―Judy Batalion, New York Times best-selling author of The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos