The Body Lies

Knopf. Jun. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9780525656111. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525656128. SUSPENSE
A pregnant young woman falls victim to a quick and brutal assault in London, which eventually leads her to take a job in a more rural area. Her husband stays in the city while she and their three-year-old son move to the countryside, where she teaches creative writing. She is apprehensive and uncertain, as she has had only one book published and feels unqualified and underprepared for the job. Her students are a close-knit group that take to their new instructor, including her in party invites and asking about her son. However, a few of them turn in dark, violent chapters that go beyond fiction and into reality—particularly her reality.
VERDICT Longbourn author Baker's foray into suspense contains some beautifully written passages, but it is mostly told from the perspective of the protagonist, and at times it's hard to grasp the young woman's motivations or emotions. Regardless, this book is recommended for readers who enjoy psychological thrillers that focus on women protagonists such as Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, or Paula Hawkins's Girl on the Train. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]

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