Choose Me

Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. Jul. 2021. 334p. ISBN 9781542026154. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781542026147. $15.95. M
Authors Gerritsen (the TV-adapted “Rizzoli & Isles” series) and Braver (Tunnel Vision) collaborate on a suspenseful mystery that begins with the apparent suicide of Taryn Moore, a senior at Commonwealth University. Boston PD detective Frances “Frankie” Loomis has seen many suicides, but Taryn’s is different. The clues don’t add up—Taryn’s missing cell phone, warmed-up dinner still in the microwave, and acceptance letter to grad school make Frankie want to dig deeper. Flashbacks show Taryn following her high school love to college, then stalking him after a painful but inevitable breakup. She shifts her attention to Jack Dorian, her married literature professor who has been helping her get into grad school. Jack feels neglected in his marriage and doesn’t try to stop Taryn’s advances, but soon he feels guilty and decides to end the affair. Taryn has other plans. When an autopsy shows that Taryn was pregnant when she died and had been injured prior to her fall, Frankie is convinced that she was murdered, but by whom?
VERDICT With deceitful characters and plenty of twists, this novel is highly recommended for fans of Gerritsen or Braver, and readers who love suspense stories.
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