Stolen Things

Dutton. Aug. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9781524744908. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524744915. THRILLER
Laurie Ahmadi is an ex-cop and current 911 dispatcher married to Omid, the chief of police in a small Northern California town. They share an enjoyable life with their teen daughter, JoJo, until the night it all implodes. Answering a 911 call, Laurie hears “Mama? Help me.” Jojo, who was drugged and cannot remember details of the night, has been tied to a bed and raped in a house belonging to NFL star Kevin Leeds, famous for his stance against police brutality. A murder victim is found in another room. How is 16-year-old Jojo involved with these people? And where is Harper, Jojo’s best friend, who was with her that night? Herron treats us to a thriller that slowly peels back the layers of dirty secrets kept by all the people involved—the cops, Harper, Omid, Laurie, Jojo—no one is what they seem.
VERDICT With the current social climate as backdrop, this novel touches on race, homosexuality, police brutality, teenage love, rape, and murder, all within an intense read. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter or Lisa Scottoline. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/19.]

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