MYSTERY

The Lying Room

Morrow. Oct. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9780062676726. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062676740. SUSPENSE
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“Frieda Klein” series author French’s thrilling stand-alone features Neve Connolly, a married woman with three children who is approaching middle age. Her marriage has become boring, so when Saul, her boss, begins to show Neve some attention, one thing leads to another, and they begin an affair. One day, Neve gets a text message to come to Saul’s apartment, so she sneaks away from her family to meet him. But instead of a romantic rendezvous, Neve finds Saul murdered. In an attempt to keep her infidelity secret, Neve hastily cleans up the crime scene and removes everything belonging to her. Having believed she’s left no trace of her existence in Saul’s life, she tries to go on with things as normal. Once Saul’s body is discovered and the police start investigating, Neve lies to everyone—family, friends, the police. As her web of deceit grows, she’s overwhelmed and compelled to find the murderer on her own.
VERDICT This well-written, psychological thriller has a gripping plot that will satisfy fans of Val McDermid and Sharon J. Bolton. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

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