A Mother Would Know

Mira: Harlequin. Dec. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780778386483. pap. $17.99. THRILLER
After a bad break-up, Valerie’s son Hudson returns to their family home. Then a young local woman is found murdered, and Hudson was one of the last people to have seen her after a wild night on the town. Hudson has a past as well—a previous girlfriend died and many neighbors feel the young man was involved but never convicted. There’s a bigger problem: Valerie has been forgetting things. She cannot remember some day-to-day actions as well as pieces of her own past. There’s a history of Alzheimer’s in her family, and now she may be facing the same, undiagnosed problem as well. But is her only son capable of murder, and can she trust her own mind to sort out the mystery?
VERDICT Garza (Where I Left Her) deftly explores family dynamics and mental illness in this twisty, fast-paced mystery. Perfect for fans of B. A. Paris’s and Camilla Way’s psychological suspense.
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