Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
In this excellent small-town spine-tingler, Hill (The Secrets We Share) shuffles through multiple perspectives to examine the murder of a restaurant owner. Readers are first introduced to sleepy Monreith, Mass., by psychotherapist Farley Drake, who notes that gossip gleaned from his patients has helped him piece together the details of a local tragedy. Shady restaurant owner Laurel Thibodeau was found by her husband, Simon, suffocated to death and tied to the bed in her home. Rumored to be heavily in debt and to have taken out a lucrative life insurance policy on Laurel, Simon is the obvious suspect in his wife's death. However, some Monreith residents, including true crime documentarian Damian Stone, have other ideas. Damian believes a serial killer might be responsible and shares his suspicions at financial planner Alice Stone's birthday party, where attendees include the town's police chief, a resentful local mechanic, an overworked minister, and others, each of whom divulges their own theories about what happened to Laurel. As soon as readers think they've found a safe landing place for their sympathies, Hill detonates one of the series of game-changing twists he's planted throughout the narrative. Fans of Riley Sager will want to check this out. Agent: Robert Guinsler, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Feb.)
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
Murder threatens to expose a tight-knit community's darkest secrets. When mechanic Richard Macomber comes out of the closet by leaving his wife, Unitarian minister Georgia Fitzhugh, for her therapist, Dr. Farley Drake, the trio becomes the talk of tiny Monreith, Massachusetts. Then someone binds, gags, and asphyxiates restaurateur Laurel Thibodeau in the home she shares with her husband and business partner, Simon, shifting the rumor mill's focus. Simon has a known gambling problem and recently took out a hefty life insurance policy on Laurel, so even though he has an alibi for the night of the crime, everyone in town thinks he's responsible except for Laurel's lover, Damian Stone. Damian--a documentarian in search of a buzzy subject--thinks there's a serial killer stalking the region, and that Laurel is the latest victim. During a drunken dinner party celebrating the birthday of his wife, Alice, Damian tries to get their guests--Richard, Farley, Georgia, and police chief Max Barbosa--to spitball regarding potential culprits. The group declines, dismissing his theory, but then later that evening, one of them is slain in the marsh, prompting the rest to wonder whether Damian is onto something. Confounding twists and seismic reveals stud Edgar nominee Hill's meticulously crafted, diabolically plotted mystery. Structured to maximize suspense, the tale unfolds in seven parts, each with its own nuanced first-person-present narrator and unique voice. Every new section delivers a kaleidoscopic turn, reframing all that came before and keeping readers perennially off-kilter. A devilishly clever delight. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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