Just One More

Scarlet. Mar. 2023. 312p. ISBN 9781613163757. $26.95. SUSPENSE
It started with a tattoo. Librarian Jenn had the phrase “Just one more” inked on her shoulder for her husband Rick, as a nod to fond stories from his childhood. However, Rick hates the tattoo and tells Jenn she made those stories up. Jenn then realizes there are more discrepancies regarding Rick’s past. She uses her research skills to probe his life and soon discovers Rick’s former aliases and two dead wives, both drowned under mysterious circumstances. When Jenn doesn’t answer her phone and is late to pick up her baby from her best friend Becca’s care, Becca drives Ivy home and discovers Jenn drowned in the bathtub. Becca’s and Jenn’s perspectives are told in alternating chapters, which creates tension unevenly. The ending is unexpected, which may intrigue readers, but it’s a bumpy ride to get there.
VERDICT This is Lyon’s first foray into suspense, after writing mostly romance and women’s fiction (most recently contributing to The Inns of Devonshire). Consider this for purchase where the LDS community is strong, as Lyon has an audience there.
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