Come with Me

Tantor. Jul. 2021. 11:25 hrs. ISBN 9781705295922. $24.99. SUSPENSE
After Aaron Decker’s wife, Allison, is killed in a random act of violence while out shopping one morning, he finds that she had files on numerous, seemingly unrelated murders of young women around the country—a considerable amount of research she had never mentioned to him. He also finds a receipt for a motel several states away, a trip taken while he was traveling for work that she kept secret. Grieving and confused, he goes to the motel to learn more about what she was doing. Aaron finds that almost everything Allison had told him about her past and family was heavily edited or invented completely. Haunted by her ghost and an entity he refers to as “the other Aaron,” he works to uncover the dark secrets his wife was keeping from him. Joe Hempel’s narration capably conveys Aaron’s grief and the purpose he begins to find in the pursuit of answers. An author’s note from Malfi (Bone White) is a touching tribute to the friend whose death inspired the book.
VERDICT Both an effective work of suspense and a touching meditation on whether we can ever truly know the people we love, this will appeal to fans of literary dark fiction and horror.
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