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From the national and USA TODAY bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold comes a dark, thrilling novel about two sisters—one trapped in the clutches of a cult, the other in a web of her own lies.

Welcome to Wisewood. We’ll keep your secrets if you keep ours.

Natalie Collins hasn’t heard from her sister in more than half a year.

The last time they spoke, Kit was slogging from mundane workdays to obligatory happy hours to crying in the shower about their dead mother. She told Natalie she was sure there was something more out there.

And then she found Wisewood.

On a private island off the coast of Maine, Wisewood’s guests commit to six-month stays. During this time, they’re prohibited from contact with the rest of the world—no Internet, no phones, no exceptions. But the rules are for a good reason: to keep guests focused on achieving true fearlessness so they can become their Maximized Selves. Natalie thinks it’s a bad idea, but Kit has had enough of her sister’s cynicism and voluntarily disappears off the grid.

Six months later, Natalie receives a menacing email from a Wisewood account threatening to reveal the secret she’s been keeping from Kit. Panicked, Natalie hurries north to come clean to her sister and bring her home. But she’s about to learn that Wisewood won’t let either of them go without a fight.

About The Author

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Stephanie Wrobel is the author of Darling Rose Gold, a USA TODAY and international bestseller that has sold in twenty-one countries and was shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Wrobel grew up in Chicago and now lives in London. This Might Hurt is her second novel. Visit her at and connect with her on Twitter @StephWrobel and Instagram @StephanieWrobel.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 22, 2022)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982135089

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Raves and Reviews

“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—one you’ll most certainly want to talk about.”
ASHLEY AUDRAIN, New York Times bestselling author of The Push

“A genius, ripped-from-the-headlines masterpiece with a cult at its centre. 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, USA Today and #1 national bestselling author of Woman on the Edge

“I don’t know if blood is thicker than water, but I know that my blood ran cold at several points reading this book. Filled with menace, this was a gripping and compulsive read from first page to last. I thought I’d never get off that island!”
LIZ NUGENT, bestselling author of Little Cruelties

“Dark, hypnotic, and mesmerizing, This Might Hurt is a masterwork in family dynamics and the ties that bind—along with the ones that tear us apart. Prepare to be unsettled in the best possible way.”
LAURIE ELIZABETH FLYNN, bestselling author of The Girls Are All So Nice Here

“A remote island, estranged sisters, some whopping secrets, and a cult to boot. 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 wry and absorbing thriller.”
AMY STUART, bestselling author of Still Here

“Wrobel has honed her writing style even more sharply since her strong debut novel . . . and is again delivering her readers a “ripped from the headlines” story. . . . Will leave readers guessing until the very end.”
Booklist (Starred Review)

“A gut-wrenching, propulsive story about vulnerability and power. It was impossible to put down.”
TARRYN FISHER, New York Times bestselling author of The Wives

“It’s hard not to fall under the spell of Wisewood, or Wrobel’s mesmerizing, edge-of-your-seat storytelling. A deep dive into psychological abuse and manipulation and their long-lasting emotional and mental tolls; will certainly leave a mark.”
Library Journal (Starred Review)

“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, USA Today bestselling author of Oona Out of Order

“An immersive novel about our capacity to both love and destroy, This Might Hurt is genuinely shocking, laced with dark humour, moments of surprising tenderness, and nightmare fodder galore. I read it in twenty-four hours, but will be thinking about it for much longer.”
LAURA HANKIN, author of A Special Place for Women

“A riveting exploration of sisterhood, suffering, and secrecy. With its unforgettable characters, spectacular setting, and intricate plot, This Might Hurt will take you on a journey to the heart of fear.”
ROSE CARLYLE, author of The Girl in the Mirror

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