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Cover of Girl in the Rearview Mirror by Kelsey Rae Dimberg
June 2019
William Morrow

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Girl in the Rearview Mirror

A Novel
Kelsey Rae Dimberg

I never meant to lie. That is, I never wanted to.

They are Phoenix’s First Family: handsome Philip Martin, son of the sitting Senator, an ex-football player who carries himself with an easy grace and appears destined to step into his father’s seat when the time is right; his wife Marina, the stylish and elegant director of Phoenix’s fine arts museum; and their four-year-old daughter Amabel, beautiful and precocious and beloved.

Finn Hunt is working a dull office job to pay off her college debt when she meets Philip and charms Amabel. She eagerly agrees to nanny, thinking she’s lucked into the job of a lifetime. Though the glamour of the Martins’ lifestyle undeniably dazzles Finn, her real pleasure comes from being part of the family: sharing quick jokes with Philip in the kitchen before he leaves for work; staying late when Marina needs a last-minute sitter; and spending long days with Amabel, who is often treated more like a photo op than a child.

But behind every façade lurks a less attractive truth. When a young woman approaches Finn, claiming a connection with Philip and asking Finn to pass on a message, Finn becomes caught up in a web of deceit with the senate seat at its center. And Finn isn’t exactly innocent herself: she too has a background she has kept hidden, and under the hot Phoenix sun, everything is about to be laid bare ...


Kelsey Rae Dimberg earned bachelor's degrees in English and Spanish at Arizona State University in 2008.

Praise for this book

"In Dimberg’s almost dizzyingly twisty debut, Finn Hunt escapes a problematic past to secure a job as nanny to four-year-old Amabel Martin, the feisty granddaughter of Sen. Jim Martin of Arizona. Finn’s bright future includes a blossoming romance with one of the senator’s top aides, Bryant Dewitt. But she’s about to discover that even deeply buried secrets, her own as well as the Martins’, have a way of surfacing — with life-shattering consequences. ... Dimberg’s evocative prose and affecting characters flag her as a writer to watch. 

Publishers Weekly

“With hairpin twists and immense psychological acuity, Kelsey Rae Dimberg’s 'Girl in the Rearview Mirror' is as seductive as the glamorous, privileged family at its center — and as cunning. An exciting, intoxicating debut, it will hold you until its startling final pages.”

Megan Abbott
Bestselling author of "Dare Me" and "Give Me Your Hand"