Like Mother, like Daughter

Knopf. Jul. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9780593536421. $28. SUSPENSE
Having survived a traumatic childhood in a group home, successful attorney Kat McHugh’s carefully constructed life is now starting to break apart. She is recently separated from her filmmaker husband and fending off his requests to use her inheritance to fund his next project, while her college-age daughter Cleo is growing more emotionally distant from her, especially after Kat learns that Cleo is dating the campus drug dealer. When Kat starts receiving anonymous threats, she uses her talents and connections from her legal career to try to unmask the person who is intimidating her and her daughter. One day, an irritated Cleo arrives home at her mother’s insistence and discovers food burning in the kitchen—and no trace of her mother. Not satisfied with the pace of the police investigation into the disappearance, Cleo starts to dig into her mother’s professional life and childhood, and her alarming discoveries put her directly in the crosshairs.
VERDICT Bestselling McCreight (Friends Like These) expertly orchestrates mother-daughter dynamics to build additional layers of tension onto a fast-paced and twisted plotline. Pair with Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter.
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