A Talent for Murder

Morrow. (Lily Kintner/Henry Kimball, Bk. 3). Jun. 2024. 272p. ISBN 9780063205031. $30. THRILLER
Librarian Martha Ratliff begins to suspect her new husband Alan of murderous behavior. Desperate and afraid, she turns to her grad school friend Lily Kintner for help. Though 15 years have passed since they were in school together, Martha still trusts Lily, who once helped free her from a harmful relationship. Lily possesses a vigilante spirit and is no stranger to murder; she readily agrees to investigate Alan and in turn enlists help from Detective Henry Kimball, with whom she has a complicated relationship. They quickly discover a situation far more dangerous than anticipated. Has Lily finally met her match? As she becomes ensnared in a murderer’s web, she must ultimately rely upon on her own shrewdness and Henry’s detective prowess to survive.
VERDICT Fans will devour this third book in the Lily Kintner/Henry Kimball series (after The Kind Worth Saving). Swanson delivers a tense psychological thriller teeming with deliciously complex characters, unsettling plot twists, and several harrowing scenes that will move readers to the edge of their seat. This bird’s-eye view into the mind of a killer is definitely not for the faint of heart.
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