The Perfect Family Harding Ron Literature Fiction

The Perfect Family Harding Ron Literature Fiction
The Perfect Family Harding Ron Literature Fiction

Ron Harding is the author of numerous including the international bestseller The Party and The Swap which was an instant Globe and Mail Toronto and Toronto Star bestseller She has also written and executive produced an independent film She lives in Vancouver BC with her family Visit her at RonHarding or follow her on Twitter and Instagram RHardingWriter or Fac AuthorRonHarding Excerpt Reprinted permission All rights reserved Prologue Prologue I STOOD ALONE in the street watching the silent house turn down for the night One one the lights blinked out like stars dying in an inky sky The upscale suburb was eerily quiet no sound but my own breath My own heartbeat Still I waited And then I waited some more The occupants had to be asleep All of them If someone heard me if someone woke up everything would be ruined If I got caught there would be serious consequences Violence Or even jail But I wasn t going to get caught It was a beautiful house anyone would say that It was Craftsman style they were everywhere in Portland Older two story homes with covered front porches chunky wood columns big picture windows This one had been renovated and updated It wasn t huge or extravagant but it was definitely expensive and well maintained The yard was manicured to perfection and you could probably eat off the paved driveway Inside would be the same an open floor plan with high end furniture valuable paintings and designer knickknacks All the shit that made a house appear elegant and refined But the people who lived there only looked perfect They had done horrible things They kept horrible secrets People like that made me sick Fakes Phonies Pretending they were better than everyone else when they were rotten inside Now they were stressed panicked falling apart The thought made me smile Pulling my hood over my head and drawing the strings tight I moved down the driveway My sneakers were nearly silent on the pavement but the red plastic jug banged against my leg so I held it aloft The scent of gasoline was already strong in my nostrils Good thing I d thought to wear gloves The smell would linger on my hands and give me away I stepped onto the grass cool and damp and cut across the lawn to the side of the house The camera over the door blinked at me but I d be nothing more than a dark blur on the screen The family thought the surveillance would be a deterrent but it wasn t There was no way to identify me no way to know who I was Just another faceless figure lurking in the night At the side of the house I squatted down bouncing on my haunches Adrenaline was coursing through me my body vibrating with the need to enact my plan but I forced myself to wait And then I waited some more To be safe And to build up my courage Because what I was about to do was serious It could be fatal But I couldn t back out now I don t know how long I crouched in the dark but my knees were getting stiff and my right leg was starting to fall asleep It was time Bursting out of the shadows I scurried to the decorative hedge that ran along the front of the house Removing the lid from the gas can I dumped the accelerant onto the shrubs dousing the shiny green leaves with the toxic substance A plant like this wouldn t burn easily but the gas would erupt It would burst into flames fire skittering across the foliage There was a chance the porch railing could catch fire that it could climb the wooden posts and ignite the second story If the smoke alarms didn t work Well the world would be a better place without people like the Adlers I lit the match And let it drop

 

The Perfect Family Harding Ron Literature Fiction
Publisher: Gallery Books August 10 2021
Publication date: August 10 2021
Language: English 

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