The Accomplice

Penguin Random House Audio. Jan. 2022. 11:38 hrs. ISBN 9780593149393. $20. SUSPENSE
Lutz (The Spellman Files) reminds readers of how little any of us can truly know about the people we love. Luna and Owen, the two primary characters, have known one another since college (when they became inseparable because of an unexpected death) Only the two of them really understand their deep connection. Luna is quiet, wary, and practical while Owen, a son of privilege, always projects charm. Each has a secret life. Those secret lives start to unravel when the police investigate the brutal murder of Owen’s wife. Lutz, who between 2007 and 2013 wrote six rollickingly funny mysteries featuring the Spellman family of detectives, has since expanded into darker mysteries. Her plots and characters are lively, intriguing, and full of surprises. Lisa Flanagan (who shared narration duties on the 2019 audiobook for Lutz’s The Swallows) is pitch-perfect.
VERDICT With Lutz’s plot twists and turns and Flanagan’s masterful reading, this audiobook puzzler is highly recommended for mystery fans.
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