Did I Say You Could Go (Paperback)

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As a fan of Wife 22, I was eager to read Did I Say You Could Go by Melanie Gideon. Hearing from different narrators, two moms and their respective daughters, engages the reader as undercurrents and untold personal truths are truly diverse from what each person perceives. The relationships between the moms and daughters are truly dysfunctional yet sort of like a car accident that you can't keep your eyes off of. Manipulation and deception play a key role in the story, but readers will be interested to continue to the end to find out who is actually the aggressor and who the victim! For anyone who wants to read about dysfunctionality in a friendships
—Michelle, Snail Readers Circle 

— From Readers Circle Recommendations


A suspenseful, gripping novel about families and friendships torn apart at the seams by obsession, secrets, and betrayal with relentless twists and turns that hurtle forward to a shocking confrontation.

When Ruth, a wealthy divorcé​e, offers to host the Hillside Academy kindergarten meet-and-greet, she hopes this will be a fresh start for her and her introverted daughter, Marley. Finally, they’ll be accepted into a tribe. Marley will make friends and Ruth will be welcomed by the mothers. Instead, the parents are turned off by Ruth’s ostentatious wealth and before kindergarten even begins, Ruth and Marley are outcasts.

The last guest to arrive at the meet-and-greet is Gemma, a widow and a single mother to her daughter, Bee. Ruth sets her sights on the mother-daughter duo, and soon the two families are inseparable. Ruth takes Gemma and Bee on Aspen vacations, offers VIP passes to Cirque du Soleil, and pays for dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants. For Gemma, who lives paycheck to paycheck, Ruth’s largesse is seductive, but as the years go by, she can’t shake the feeling that she’s accruing an increasingly unpayable debt. When Ruth’s affair with a married Hillside dad is exposed, and she’s publicly shunned, Gemma uses it to sever ties with Ruth.

Six years later, when Gemma finds herself embroiled in a scandal of her own—Ruth comes to her defense. Their renewed friendship rehabilitates their reputations, but once again, Gemma starts to feel trapped as Ruth grows more and more obsessed with their relationship.

A relentless page-turner, Did I Say You Could Go is the story of friendships steeped in lies and duplicity. It’s about two families who, when pushed to extremes, cross the line with devastating results.

About the Author

Melanie Gideon is the bestselling author of the novels, Valley of the Moon and Wife 22, as well as the memoir The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After. Her books have been translated into thirty-one languages. Wife 22 is currently in development. She has written for The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Times (London), the Daily Mail (London), and other publications. She was born and raised in Rhode Island and now lives in the Bay Area. 

Praise For…

“Lightning-fast and completely compelling, Did I Say You Could Go hooked me from the opening line and kept me turning pages deep into the night. I devoured this thriller that centers around the close-knit, intersecting lives of two families—and the razor sharp line between friendship and obsession. Twisty and unsettling in all the best ways.” —MEGAN MIRANDA, The New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest and All the Missing Girls

"Chillingly perfect . . . a suspense-filled winner." PEOPLE

“Suspenseful. . . excellent. . . there’s catfishing, sabotage and other dirty dealings. . .Gideon delivers the goods.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"A novel steeped in suspense . . . like a string quartet passing the melody around . . . propelling readers through the pages." —BOOKLIST

Product Details
ISBN: 9781982142124
ISBN-10: 198214212X
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2021
Pages: 368
Language: English