Bye, Baby: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Books have always been a huge part of my life. I have memories of curling up on the couch and sitting there for hours just reading. I remember begging my parents to take me to the bookstore so I could get the next book in the series I was currently obsessing over. I had to get the books the second they came out. Today, that is still true. I added Bye, Baby by Carola Lovering to my ‘to-read’ shelf on Goodreads and impatiently waited and waited for its release.

The day it was released, I slapped my debit card down on the sales counter at Inklings Bookshop and got my very own copy. That night, I went home and curled up with my comfiest blanket and stepped into the thriller that is Bye, Baby.

A lost friendship. Jealousy turned into a fit of blinding rage. A stolen baby. Carola Lovering introduces readers to her newest bestseller and gives the term ‘toxic friendship’ a whole new meaning. Bye, Baby thrust the reader into the lives of Billie and Cassie, two women who would once do anything for each other, who are now strangers passing by. Desperate to gain her best friend back, Billie pushes herself back into her friends life after Cassie gives birth to her first child. Past secrets start to emerge between the two and in a blackout moment of jealousy, Billie kidnaps Cassie’s daughter on their balcony ledge. The story then takes a drastic turn from there and has you at the edge of your seat.

This was my first time reading a book by Carola Lovering and I instantly fell in love with her work. One of my favorite things about this book was the secret between Cassie and Billie and throughout the book, Lovering would hint at what it could be. For the life of me, I could not quite figure out what it could be. When it was finally revealed, I was shocked. Another thing that I loved about this book was each character had their flaws from their pasts that would usually make me dislike them but I kept telling myself that there had to be a reason as to why the characters were the way they were and in the end it all made sense.

Bye, Baby made me become a fan of the thriller genre and hungry for more by Lovering. I currently have another book by her on hold at Inklings Bookshop that I am eager to dive into. I finished Bye, Baby within two days and let my mom borrow the book to get her views on it since I inherited my love of books from her at an early age. I encourage anyone to pick up a copy of this book and experience the rollercoaster of a friendship that is Cassie and Billie.

— Nikki Maples

March 2024 Indie Next List

Tell Me Lies made me a Carola Lovering fan, and she has not disappointed since. Bye, Baby is as dark and thrilling as ever and may be my favorite work she’s ever done.”
— Kailey Fox, Kingfisher Bookstore, Coupeville, WA


NATIONAL BESTSELLER A March 2024 Indie Next and LibraryReads Pick

"Powerful, relatable and crazily addictive, Bye, Baby takes an unflinching look at the battling forces of toxicity and love which define so many female friendships. I couldn't put it down." ––Rosie Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of Ghosted and The Love of My Life

Every friendship has its shadow...

On a brisk fall night in a New York apartment, 35-year-old Billie West hears terrified screams. It's her lifelong best friend Cassie Barnwell, one floor above, and she's just realized her infant daughter has gone missing. Billie is shaken as she looks down into her own arms to see the baby, remembering—with a jolt of fear—that she is responsible for the kidnapping that has instantly shattered Cassie’s world.

Once fiercely bonded by their secrets, Cassie and Billie have drifted apart in adulthood, no longer the inseparable pair they used to be in their small Hudson Valley hometown. Cassie is married to a wealthy man, has recently become a mother, and is building a following as a lifestyle influencer. She is desperate to leave her past behind—including Billie, who is single and childless, and no longer fits into her world. But Billie knows the worst thing Cassie has ever done, and she will do whatever it takes to restore their friendship…

Told in alternating perspectives in Lovering’s signature suspenseful style, Bye, Baby confronts the myriad ways friendships change and evolve over time, the lingering echoes of childhood trauma, and the impact of women’s choices on their lifelong relationships.

About the Author

Carola Lovering is the bestselling author of the novels Tell Me Lies, Too Good to Be True, and Can’t Look Away. She is a graduate of Colorado College, and her work has appeared in Vogue, New York Magazine, W Magazine, National Geographic, Marie Claire, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. Her novel Tell Me Lies is now a television series for Hulu. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two young children.

Praise For…

"Suspenseful to its core...impeccable." ––New York Post

"In this captivating, page-turning tome, Carola Lovering once again pins us in place while we frantically read to find out how exactly this could've happened… and if it could happen to us." ––Zibby Owens

"Memorable characters, toxic friendships, shocking twists…Carola Lovering’s newest novel has it all." ––Woman's World

"The suspense is a shapeshifter until the very last page." ––Booklist

"Carola Lovering has hit the ball out of the park, again. Her latest is a gripping novel of suspense that explores the complexities of a female friendship, bound by childhood secrets, that is simultaneously life affirming and toxic. I could not put it down." ––Greer Hendricks, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Golden Couple

"Powerful, relatable and crazily addictive, Bye, Baby takes an unflinching look at the battling forces of toxicity and love which define so many female friendships. I couldn't put it down." ––Rosie Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of Ghosted and The Love of My Life

"A shocking, emotionally-charged look at a dysfunctional friendship and the aftereffects of a split second decision that had me on the edge of my seat. Completely immersive with writing that is propulsive, vivid and rich, Bye, Baby is all-consuming. Once you start reading, you won't be able to stop. I'm a fan!" ––Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing

"Bye, Baby is a searing, intense thriller about friendship, relationships, and motherhood. Lovering has a unique ability to create such realistic characters, it’s hard to let go of them. And every twist packs a wallop." ––Samantha Downing, international bestselling author of A Twisted Love Story

"Compulsively readable and highly relatable, Bye, Baby will have you on the edge of your seat. Lovering’s best book yet explores the dark space that can open up when close friendships grow, change, and fracture. This novel is both suspenseful and indelible—I devoured it in a day and am still savoring its themes months later." ––Avery Carpenter Forrey, author of Social Engagement

"A twisty novel about the dark side of love and the reverberating effects of childhood trauma, Carola Lovering’s Bye, Baby is tense and suspenseful with secrets and surprises at every turn." ––Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost

"Lovering unspools a taut, twisty, humdinger of a plot that encompasses the vagaries of true friendship as well as those of true love." ––Kirkus (starred review)

"Lovering’s nuanced characterizations and interweaving of different voices and timelines add depth to her story of obsession. Fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins will enjoy this one." ––Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250289360
ISBN-10: 125028936X
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English