Friends Like These

HarperCollins. Sept. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9780063061569. $27.99. SUSPENSE
In the latest from New York Times best-selling author McCreight (Reconstructing Amelia; A Good Marriage), secrets and lies from an ill-fated college party shape the fate of a tight-knit circle of friends as they begin to establish their lives in Manhattan. Determined to confront Keith’s growing drug addiction, Maeve, Stephanie, Jonathan, and Derrick plan an intervention at Jonathan’s weekend house in the Catskills. With an unexpected guest and hostile encounters with the locals, everything goes disastrously wrong and now one of them is dead and one is missing. Detective Julia Scutt doggedly pursues every lead with her overbearing boss demanding that she solve the case quickly to prevent any bad publicity from the media or the intrusive true-crime podcasters. It doesn’t help that the suspects’ stories keep changing and certain clues remind Julia of her own sister’s unsolved murder from years ago.
VERDICT McCreight artfully delivers a solid psychological thriller with a twistedly complex plot. Readers who enjoy unraveling the mystery through numerous viewpoints as in The Guest List, by Lucy Foley, or Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins, will be sure to enjoy.
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