I Don’t Forgive You

Forge. Jun. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9781250773913. pap. $15.99. SUSPENSE
DEBUT After growing up with an undependable alcoholic mother and experiencing abuse, Allie Ross has carefully crafted her current life, but it’s starting to unravel. She already had a lot to juggle: trying to build her photography career while parenting her young son, being a supportive wife, and managing her aging mother’s care. Now she’s just moved to an upscale DC suburb because of her husband’s new job; there she finds that the local moms are more competitive and cliquish than friendly. When an aggressively flirtatious dad from a neighborhood party turns up dead, with a phone full of seemingly incriminating texts from Allie, she becomes a prime suspect in his murder and realizes that someone has been impersonating her online. As things spiral out of control, Allie begins to suspect that her past has finally caught up with her.
VERDICT In crime reporter Thompson’s gripping fiction debut, Allie is welcomed to her wealthy new neighborhood by being framed for murder. The spot-on depictions of modern parenthood and suburban life make this story even more suspenseful, as Allie tries to find the real murderer before her entire life is destroyed.
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