This Might Hurt

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What to expect

Brought to you by Penguin.

The smart, sophisticated, standout new thriller from the author of The Recovery of Rose Gold

Welcome to Wisewood. Where we keep your secrets, if you keep ours.

High-flier Natalie Collins isn’t the worrying type.
Unlike her younger sister Kit – who can’t seem to settle on anything.
But when Kit insists on joining Wisewood, a self-help retreat on a secluded Maine island, Natalie has concerns.
Why does it forbid contact with the outside world? Is it a cult?

Then, after six months of silence, she receives a message:
We know what you did.
Would you like to come and tell your sister – or should we?

Who is digging into the Collins’ past? How did they discover Natalie’s secret?
She will have to go to Wisewood to find out. To learn if this place of healing has more sinister motives.
Can she rescue Kit? Or might Natalie be the one who needs saving?

Because Wisewood is far easier to get into than to leave . . .

This Might Hurt is a whipsmart thriller of sisters, secrets and sanctuary and what fear will do to those we love.

© Stephanie Wrobel 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • This Might Hurt is a mesmerizing and original ride…Expertly paced, hugely unsettling, and perfectly dark, you’ll be gripped in this clever exploration of fear and vulnerability right until the flawless ending

    ASHLEY AUDRAIN
  • A sharp and intriguing look at reinvention and self-empowerment. This Might Hurt follows three women, each confronting her own set of fears, with revelations and consequences that are unexpected and chilling, right up to the jaw-dropping finale. Dark and twisted in all the right places, I did not want to stop reading this book

    MARGARITA MONTIMORE
  • A genius, ripped-from-the-headlines masterpiece with a cult at its center. Inventive, disturbing, and tense, This Might Hurt hypnotizes the reader, until we realize, too late, what is truly happening. The very definition of suspense, this extraordinary novel will steal your breath away.

    SAMANTHA M. BAILEY, author of Woman on the Edge
  • A gut wrenching, propulsive story about vulnerability and power. It was impossible to put down

    TARRYN FISHER
  • An immersive novel about our capacity to both love and destroy, This Might Hurt is genuinely shocking, laced with dark humor, moments of surprising tenderness, and nightmare fodder galore. I read it in 24 hours, but will be thinking about it for much longer

    LAURA HANKIN
  • This Might Hurt has all the ingredients of a great mystery: a remote island, estranged sisters, some whopping secrets and a cult to boot. In the deft hands of sophomore author Stephanie Wrobel, these ingredients mix together to give us a novel that’s fun, creepy and incredibly fast-paced. Wrobel is such an observant and clever writer; It’s quite the trick to execute plot twists so perfectly that the reader at once doesn’t see them coming but then can’t believe they didn’t catch on. A ridiculously wry and absorbing thriller

    AMY STUART

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