MYSTERY

Imperfect Women

Farrar. Jun. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9780374272586. $27. SUSPENSE
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It comes as a terrible shock when Nancy Hennessy is murdered. She had a great life: she was wealthy, beautiful; and well loved by her husband and family and her two best friends, Mary and Eleanor. But immediately following her death, secrets begin to come out, including Nancy’s long-term affair with a lover whose identity she took to her grave. The investigation into Nancy’s death seems to be going nowhere, yet it uncovers details about Nancy that make her closest friends realize just how little they knew her. As they deal with their grief and try to track down the killer, they begin to doubt their relationships with Nancy as well as with each other. Hall’s (Our Kind of Cruelty) absorbing psychological thriller is much more than a classic whodunit. Readers who think they finally know who the killer is will be confounded by the twists and turns the plot takes.
VERDICT Told from the viewpoints of Nancy and her two friends, the story goes deep into guilt, love, and the ties that bind us. Recommended for fans of Paula Hawkins. [See Prepub Alert, 11/25/19.]

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