ROMANCE

Bad Things

Zebra: Kensington. Jul. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9781420142938. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781420142945. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
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When Kerry Monaghan’s stepbrother Nick returns home to Edwards Bay, WA, from his life in Palo Alto, CA, he ends up dead of a drug overdose—and he didn’t do drugs—and Kerry knows it wasn’t an accident. Also, there’s no way Nick would have killed himself. Getting answers won’t be easy, but Kerry isn’t the only one with suspicions. Police Chief Cole Sheffield, her high school crush, has questions as well—questions that only mount as more of their schoolmates end up dead. A festering secret, a tragic suicide, and a vibrant assortment of characters—good, flawed, and totally rotten—keep the pot boiling in this guilt-ridden tale enhanced by a realistic Puget Sound setting.
VERDICT The high school past returns with a vengeance in this twisted tale that dangles false leads aplenty and keeps most of its mysteries until the very end. Bush (Jealousy) lives in Lake Oswego, OR.

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