Night Falls on Predicament Avenue

Bethany House. Apr. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780764241451. pap. $17.99. CF
The house at 322 Predicament Avenue has stood for a century in the sleepy Iowa town of Shepherd. Norah Richman is trying to turn the creaky old place into a bed-and-breakfast, but the house is connected to the town’s only two murders, including the death of Norah’s own sister. When British true-crime podcaster Sebastian Blaine shows up to investigate a 100-year-old cold case, Norah’s anxiety spikes to an all-time high. As they hunt for clues, the similarities between the two murders are nothing short of eerie. Norah and Sebastian must confront their own fears while considering everyone a suspect. In her trademark fashion, Wright (The Vanishing at Castle Moreau) provides readers with a glimpse into two mysteries in separate time periods, unraveling each clue at a deliciously suspenseful pace.
VERDICT Wright is in a class by herself, writing her own twists into the classic gothic mystery trope and exploring how people from all centuries face fear. Readers will want to read this novel in the light of day or commit to finishing the creepy tale in one sitting.
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