Little Voices

Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. Oct. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781542092265. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781542092289. M
[DEBUT] The day Devon nearly dies in childbirth, her friend Belina is murdered, the crime shocking the residents of Providence. Lawyer Devon promises her husband that she won’t practice after the baby is born. However, while in the fog of postpartum depression, Devon discovers more details of Belina’s murder and starts to work on the case, putting her family, home, and emotional stability on the line. Devon met with Belina the day she was killed, and unknowingly to Devon, Belina had slipped her day planner in Devon’s purse. With a baby strapped to her chest, and the voices of postpartum psychosis running through her thoughts, Devon retraces Belina’s last days. When Devon’s friend Alec emerges as the prime suspect, Devon, contradicting the cruel voices in her head, doesn’t believe that Alec is Belina’s killer. She pieces together evidence indicating that the true killer is still at large—though Alec might not be completely innocent.
VERDICT Fast paced and psychologically complex, this debut mystery has plenty of twists and turns that will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Megan Abbott.

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