Awards & Accolades

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

Next book

ONE LITTLE LIE

A stirring mystery anchored by a realistic and compelling protagonist.

Awards & Accolades

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

A woman returning to her hometown finds herself embroiled in a mystery that jeopardizes her life in Greyson’s novel.

Kate Gardner has had a rough time of it lately. After a visit to her hometown that dredges up memories of her long-dead sister, her husband, Scott, has an affair with his high school sweetheart and abandons Kate and their two kids. Having put her own promising career in marketing on hold to help Scott pursue a law career, Kate finds herself adrift and anxious, with a peculiar feeling that someone is following her. Her paranoia seems justified when she sees a video that reveals that a mysterious stranger was stalking her at her son’s soccer game. From there, Greyson’s pacing picks up and events escalate; a random man shows up unannounced to Kate’s home and then claims that he just knocked on the wrong door, and later, someone carves a sexist expletive on the side of her minivan. Soon, the stalking becomes more brazen, including lewd messages on her phone. Aided by Ryan Daley, a police detective to whom she quickly finds herself attracted, Kate tries hard to maintain her composure; she finds herself forgetting appointments and family activities, leading another cop to suspect that her stories of her pursuer are unreliable. Over the course of this tightly plotted tale, Greyson consistently keeps readers on their toes with false leads and surprises. All the while, Greyson paints Kate as a deeply sympathetic character dealing with anxiety and depression as she works temp jobs to provide for her children; meanwhile, her ex-husband and his vindictive new girlfriend attempt to cast greater doubt on her stability. Along the way, the author also works to highlight the moralizing behavior of Kate’s suburban small town. It all leads to an unexpected finale that feels earned.

A stirring mystery anchored by a realistic and compelling protagonist.

Pub Date: June 16, 2021

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 296

Publisher: Greyson Media, LLC

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2021

Next book

THE HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE

A weird, wild ride.

Celebrity scandal and a haunted lake drive the narrative in this bestselling author’s latest serving of subtly ironic suspense.

Sager’s debut, Final Girls (2017), was fun and beautifully crafted. His most recent novels—Home Before Dark (2020) and Survive the Night (2021) —have been fun and a bit rickety. His new novel fits that mold. Narrator Casey Fletcher grew up watching her mother dazzle audiences, and then she became an actor herself. While she never achieves the “America’s sweetheart” status her mother enjoyed, Casey makes a career out of bit parts in movies and on TV and meatier parts onstage. Then the death of her husband sends her into an alcoholic spiral that ends with her getting fired from a Broadway play. When paparazzi document her substance abuse, her mother exiles her to the family retreat in Vermont. Casey has a dry, droll perspective that persists until circumstances overwhelm her, and if you’re getting a Carrie Fisher vibe from Casey Fletcher, that is almost certainly not an accident. Once in Vermont, she passes the time drinking bourbon and watching the former supermodel and the tech mogul who live across the lake through a pair of binoculars. Casey befriends Katherine Royce after rescuing her when she almost drowns and soon concludes that all is not well in Katherine and Tom’s marriage. Then Katherine disappears….It would be unfair to say too much about what happens next, but creepy coincidences start piling up, and eventually, Casey has to face the possibility that maybe some of the eerie legends about Lake Greene might have some truth to them. Sager certainly delivers a lot of twists, and he ventures into what is, for him, new territory. Are there some things that don’t quite add up at the end? Maybe, but asking that question does nothing but spoil a highly entertaining read.

A weird, wild ride.

Pub Date: June 21, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-593-18319-9

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2022

Awards & Accolades

Likes

  • Readers Vote
  • 31


Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT


  • New York Times Bestseller

Next book

HOME IS WHERE THE BODIES ARE

Answers are hard to come by in this twisting tale designed to trick and delight.

Awards & Accolades

Likes

  • Readers Vote
  • 31


Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT


  • New York Times Bestseller

Three siblings on very different paths learn that their family home may be haunted by secrets.

Eldest daughter Beth is alone with her fading mother as she takes her final breath and says something about Beth’s long-departed brother and sister, who may not have disappeared forever. Beth is still reeling from the loss of her mother when her estranged siblings show up. Michael, the youngest, hasn’t been home since their father’s disappearance seven years ago. In the meantime, he’s outgrown his siblings, trading his share of the family troubles for a high-paying job in San Jose. Nicole, the middle child, has been overpowered by addiction and prioritized tuning out reality over any sense of responsibility, much to Beth’s disgust. Though their mother’s death marks an ending for the family, it’s also a beginning, as the three siblings realize when they find a disturbing videotape among their parents’ belongings. The video, from 1999, sheds suspicion on their father’s disappearance, linking it to a long-unsolved neighborhood mystery. Was it just a series of unfortunate circumstances that broke the family apart, or does something more sinister underlie the sadness they’ve all found in life? In chapters that rotate among the family’s first-person narratives, the siblings take turns digging up stories and secrets in their search for solace.

Answers are hard to come by in this twisting tale designed to trick and delight.

Pub Date: April 30, 2024

ISBN: 9798212182843

Page Count: 270

Publisher: Blackstone

Review Posted Online: Feb. 3, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2024

Close Quickview