Books by Patricia MacDonald

Patricia MacDonald is author of The Unforgiven, an Edgar Award nominee, Stranger in the House, Little Sister, No Way Home, Mother's Day, and Secret Admirer, winner of the 1997 literary prize at France's Deauville Film Festival. Her darkly imaginative work


THE GIRL IN THE WOODS by Patricia MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2018

"MacDonald (Don't Believe a Word, 2016, etc.) scores once again with an apparently hopeless quest for justice even if her climactic chapters veer into a rehash of Emma Donoghue's Room."
A woman's determination to use her dying sister's confession to exonerate an innocent man brings her into the eye of danger. Read full book review >
DON'T BELIEVE A WORD by Patricia MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"MacDonald (I See You, 2014, etc.) presents a story of love gone wrong that avoids black and white, letting the reader appreciate its many shades of gray."
A book editor is forced to work with the author who ruined her life. Read full book review >
I SEE YOU by Patricia MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Whatever the opposite of domestic bliss is, MacDonald (Sisters, 2013, etc.) knows it like the back of her hand. That monstrous flashback won't win her any prizes for dramatic structure, but fans kept up past their bedtimes won't care a bit."
A middle-aged couple who've run from Nashville to West Philadelphia to escape an ugly menace learn that they haven't run far enough. Read full book review >
SISTERS by Patricia MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2013

"The latest from MacDonald, a longtime specialist in family potboilers (Missing Child, 2012, etc.), won't disappoint her fans."
A letter from her late mother turns a would-be curator's world upside down. Read full book review >
MISSING CHILD by Patricia MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2012

"The setup and the plot twists may be synthetic, but readers drawn in by the title will be rewarded by their immersion in Caitlin's anxiety and the revelation of even darker secrets in the family cupboard. "
MacDonald (Cast into Doubt, 2011, etc.) tugs once more, and expertly, on the nerves of a vulnerable woman and her readership. Read full book review >
CAST INTO DOUBT by Patricia MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2011

"So skillful is MacDonald (From Cradle to Grave, 2010, etc.) in stirring the pot that although you never forget how artificial the setup is, you can relax and enjoy the artifice while you wait to find out which of Shelby's paranoid suspicions will end up hitting the mark."
All the heartache, nightmare and sleuthing you could expect from a mother who sends her daughter off on a cruise she never returns from. Read full book review >
MARRIED TO A STRANGER by Patricia MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 11, 2006

"Sturdy variations on an old theme, short on realism, long on expertly frayed nerves."
MacDonald's latest matron-in-distress is a bride who fears that her bridegroom is the man who nearly killed her and intends to try again. Read full book review >
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Patricia MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 27, 2004

"MacDonald (Suspicious Origin, 2003, etc.) introduces a healthy balance of introspection and interaction into her tale of deeply unhealthy family dynamics."
A father's release from prison strains family ties to the breaking point in MacDonald's latest domestic thriller. Read full book review >
SUSPICIOUS ORIGIN by Patricia MacDonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"MacDonald, who parlayed everyday fears into spiraling paranoia so effectively in Not Guilty (2002), piles on the menace, suspicion, and deceit this time until the whole exercise shrieks formula."
The arson death of Britt Andersen's long-estranged sister is all in a day's woe in MacDonald's latest round of domestic suspense. Read full book review >
NOT GUILTY by Patricia MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Now that Joy Fielding seems to have left soccer-mom suspense behind her, MacDonald may well be the leading practitioner of the brand of domestic intrigue whose heroines can't trust their own parents, husbands, or kids."
What's the worst that can happen to an already widowed suburban mom? Certainly not the death of her second husband, as veteran domestic-intriguer MacDonald (Secret Admirer, 1995, etc.) adroitly reveals. Read full book review >
SECRET ADMIRER by Patricia MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 1995

Five months after Laura Reed's husband Jimmy is shot dead by an intruder, and eight days after Laura's whirlwind courtship ends in marriage to physicist/adventurer Ian Turner, the death of a contract killer hundreds of miles away suddenly persuades the Cape Christian, New Jersey, police to arrest Laura for hiring Jimmy dead. The cops, led by snide Det. Ron Leonard, aren't moved by Laura's reputation as a children's book author, or by her kinship to such mommies-in-distress as Karen Newhall in Mother's Day (1994)or by the plethora of alternative suspects hiding sinister secrets. There's everyone from the shaken bridegroom to Laura's possessive mother-in-law, Dolores Reed; Richard Walsh, partner in Jimmy's art gallery; Richard's catty, grasping wife, Candy; Laura's devoted friend Gary Jurik, a local artist; or Gary's mother, Wanda, who held Jimmy responsible for the accident that disabled Gary. Dogging the footsteps of Mary Higgins Clark, MacDonald distributes suspicion with a generous handand durned if she isn't still messing with Laura's mind, and yours, ten pages from the end. MacDonald lacks Clark's intuitively sure sense of just how far to push each subplot, but she and her bogeyman still deliver plenty of genuine, if synthetic, thrills. Read full book review >
MOTHER'S DAY by Patricia MacDonald
Released: March 7, 1994

Not much of a Mother's Day for Karen Newhall: her adoptive daughter Jenny's birth mother, Linda Emery, turns up unannounced on her suburban Massachusetts doorstep and, two days later, just as rebellious Jenny's been cooing over Linda and making plans to visit her back in Chicago, Karen gets herself bumped off, leaving her husband Greg as the obvious suspect. Greg's reaction to all this- -running away from the arresting officers—seems like the final blow, but there are plenty of other suspects, from Linda's inhospitable brother to a Peeping Tom night clerk at the motel she never checked out of. McDonald (No Way Home, etc.) lays on the terrified (but plucky) heroines, abusive men, weirdly disjointed subplots, and incredible secrets from the past in a mix calculated to appeal to the more ravenous (and less discriminating) fans of Mary Higgins Clark. Read full book review >