Mulholland: Little, Brown. Jun. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9780316528504. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316528481. THRILLER
OrangeReviewStarAnna McDonald is comfortably married to a wealthy Scottish lawyer and dotes on her two young daughters. A true-crime podcast about a yacht exploding, killing someone she'd known years earlier, frightens her. Then her husband suddenly announces he's leaving her for her best friend and Anna's photo goes viral, exposing a notorious past from a rape trial. As her world explodes, she's thrown together with her friend's husband, Fin, an ex-rock star, fending off murderous attackers while attempting to solve the mysterious yacht killings. A rich and powerful woman with a Nazi past seems to be controlling everything, as Anna and Fin scramble across Europe searching for answers. The text of the podcast is interspersed throughout the narrative while simultaneously Anna's hidden past is gradually revealed. Mina ("Alex Morrow" series) is a skilled author of novels, plays, films, TV scripts, and graphic novels. In this stand-alone, traditional mystery elements are infused with social media and technology that emphasizes the interconnectedness of our contemporary scene.
VERDICT With a gutsy, endearing heroine and a wondrously surprising ending, this is highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]
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