It Had To Be You

Berkley. Jul. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780593438923. $29. THRILLER
While traveling on the train from Italy to France, contract killer Eva meets Jonathan. It is lust at first sight, which leads to a hot hookup in the baggage compartment. However, after Jonathan then immediately ghosts her, Eva wants to kill him. Six months later, she may get her chance when she bumps into Jonathan again in France. Eva has been hired to fulfill a contract put out on Jonathan, but what she doesn’t know is that Jonathan happens to be in the same line of work. When it comes to any future between Eva and Jonathan, is it now simply a matter of kill or be killed? As with her previous novels, Brazier (Girls and Their Horses) demonstrates she isn’t afraid to flirt with the darker side of the thriller, and here gives romantic suspense a hard-edged makeover. Expertly switching the narrative between her two protagonists, the author fashions a high-adrenaline, twisty plot delivered in writing infused with a gallows-flavored sense of wit that’s as dry as dust.
VERDICT Think Hitchcock’s films or Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley books, but with sex and violence unflinchingly detailed on the page.
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