This Is How We End Things

Highbridge Audio. Sept. 2023. 9:36 hrs. ISBN 9781696612265. $19.99. SUSPENSE
In a North Carolina college town, a small group of graduate students under the direction of professor Joe Lyons studies the psychology of lying, stress, and violence. Their experiments are groundbreaking but border on the unethical. During spring break, one of the grad students is killed in the professor’s office after hours. What was she doing there? The murder sets off a police investigation into the lives of the five remaining students and their professor. It seems they all have something to hide, but the problem is that they have been trained as expert liars. Narrator Chelsea Stephens employs excellent character voices and accents, keeping the drama high as campus and town police work together to get phone records, background checks, and alibis amid the worst snowstorm in recent memory.
VERDICT A deserted campus and surprise snowstorm create the perfect setting for Jacobs’s (Always the First To Die) exciting new suspense novel, with a wild and deadly chase and plenty of red herrings. Recommended for fans of Ruth Ware, Alex Michaelides, and Riley Sager.
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