"Although I would never call myself a mystery/thriller fan, lately I have found myself on the hunt for psychological fiction that will captivate me in the manner of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train. I do happen to be a sucker for debut authors, so when Susan Crawford's first novel The Pocket Wife arrived in a recent ARC box, I decided to give it chance.
Dana Catrell has a history of bipolar disorder. With her son away at college and her husband becoming increasingly distant, she finds herself moving closer to another episode of instability. She's not quite ready to call her therapist despite her husband's insistence. Waking to the sound of an ambulance wail and very little memory of what she did that afternoon, Dana is horrified to discover that her neighbor Celia has been brutally murdered—and that she is the last person to have seen Celia alive. Vague memories of a fight with Celia have Dana questioning if she unknowingly committed the murder, but the detective in charge of the investigation isn't willing to close the case that easily. He may also be Dana's only hope for holding onto her sanity.
Written primarily from the viewpoint of a person who fears she may have lost her grip on reality, and the possibility of being conveniently tucked away by her self-absorbed husband, it was impossible to not to connect and feel empathy for Dana, but she never ventures into the pathetic. The introduction of other potential suspects and plot twists made for a complex storyline that kept me turning pages well past the time I should have gone to bed. It all led to a conclusion that surprised me and left me hungry for my next psychological suspense fix.
A powerfully written and satisfying read, I recommend The Pocket Wife, not only to fans of Flynn and Hawkins, but also to those who enjoyed S. J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep."
- Kathy Clevenger, Baker & Taylor
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"If you are a fan of Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" you will love Paula Hawkins' first thriller, "The Girl on the Train." A dark, psychological thriller full of twists and turns. Three female narrators whose lives are intertwined keep the readers on the edge of their seats when one of them disappears. Just a glimpse of what the main character, Rachel, sees outside her train window, is reminiscent of a Hitchcock suspense mystery. Hawkins' novel is a great rad that will keep you guessing until the very end. You will not want to put it down!!!"
" I am a BIG fan of espionage spy books, but this might TOP THEM ALL! Matthews, a retired agent from the CIA, intimately knows all the twists and turns of their plot, set in present day Russia. You won't put this book down and wish there were more. Even recipes at the end of each chapter!"
"Amy Dunne has gone missing. Nick Dunne is vague and elusive with the police. As secrets are brought to the surface, a truly disturbing picture of a failing marriage emerges. Another Gillian Flynn's chilling, contemporary style is full of wit and wisdom about modern relationships. A scary peek into Nick and Amy's world of dysfunction, and ultimately, redemption."
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