One of Us Knows

Morrow. Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780063114951. pap. $18.99. THRILLER
With her latest thoughtfully crafted novel, Edgar-winning author Cole (When No One Is Watching) brings her own inventive flair in the form of a twist-laden plot told in multiple viewpoints with a protagonist who has dissociative identity disorder. Kenetria “Ken” Nash should have trusted her instincts—and the voices in her head—that something was off about Daybreak Island. However, given the spectacular manner in which Ken blew up her academic career, the opportunity to work as a caretaker for the historic Kavanaugh home on an island in the Hudson River seems too good to pass up. But why does the castle-like Kavanaugh house seem so familiar, and why does the only other resident on the island, a grumpy groundskeeper named Celeste, warn her that surviving the night on Daybreak Island is just the first test she must pass? When strangers arrive on the island just ahead of a Nor’easter and one of them is killed, Ken and her alters work together to prove her innocence and solve a murder.
VERDICT Cole mixes a spooky, isolated setting with a hint of the gothic and a storyline that isn’t afraid to tackle tough social issues, and creates a book that is both entertaining and insightful.
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