A fast-paced, if occasionally silly, thriller about memory loss and revenge.


Inside Moves


Danley (The Tipping Point, 2015) returns to the adventures of novelist Garth Wainwright in this new mystery.

Wainwright is enjoying an Austrian honeymoon with his new wife, lawyer Lacey Kincaid, when the sudden and mysterious death of his brother Bobby forces them to return early to California. While Wainwright drives home from Bobby’s funeral through Topanga Canyon, his car is violently forced off the road by an unexpectedly aggressive Mercedes. The culprits, employees of a shadowy criminal enterprise, abscond with the unconscious Lacey, whose body is thrown from the wreck. Wainwright is left for dead. When he comes to in the hospital, his jaw wired and his bones broken, he has no memory—not of the recent events, and not even of his life before them: “He had no understanding of where he was or why he was there….When a person loses his memory, how can he know that he no longer has what he doesn’t remember he’s lost?” Around the same time, mob boss Marcos Murtagh leaves prison after 13 years. His first order of business is revenge, and he has two targets: Lacey, the lawyer who got him locked up, and Ariel Amriti, “the Assassin,” who murdered Murtagh’s son. As Wainwright attempts to use the clues of his present to reassemble the fragments of his past, his and Murtagh’s stories begin to intertwine. The novelist will be forced to use all his skills and resources to uncover the plot and save his wife, before all that he has lost mentally becomes physically lost as well. Danley is an adept storyteller, and the tale unfurls at a pace that keeps the reader pressing forward. The plot begins in a place of incredulity and moves ever further in that direction, but thankfully the author doesn’t take himself so seriously that the less realistic elements of the story sink it. Genre fans should enjoy this offering, which relishes in its own twists and tropes. Danley has not reinvented the wheel, but he’s produced a functional tale that will likely keep his audience intrigued all the way to the end.

A fast-paced, if occasionally silly, thriller about memory loss and revenge.

Pub Date: Oct. 30, 2016


Page Count: 260

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: Nov. 18, 2016

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Now that Coben’s added politics to his heady brew, expect sex and religion to join the mix.

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Coben’s latest darkest-suburbs thriller sets a decidedly offbeat detective on the trail of a crime with overtones unmistakably redolent of once and future presidential elections.

Wilde is called Wilde because nobody’s known his real name from the moment a pair of hikers found him foraging for himself in Ramapo Mountain State Forest 24 years ago. Now over 40, he’s had experience as both a lost boy and a private investigator. That makes him an obvious person to help when his godson, Sweet Water High School student Matthew Crimstein, expresses concern to his grandmother, attorney Hester Crimstein, that his bullied classmate Naomi Pine has gone missing. Matthew doesn’t really want anyone to help. He doesn’t even want anyone to notice his agitation. But Hester, taking the time from her criminal defense of financial consultant Simon Greene (Run Away, 2019) to worm the details out of him, asks Wilde to lend a hand, and sure enough, Wilde, unearthing an unsavory backstory that links Naomi to bullying classmate Crash Maynard, whose TV producer father, Dash Maynard, is close friends with reality TV star–turned–presidential hopeful Rusty Eggers, finds Naomi hale and hearty. Everything’s hunky-dory for one week, and then she disappears again. And this time, so does Crash after a brief visit to Matthew in which he tearfully confesses his guilt about the bad stuff he did to Naomi. This second disappearance veers into more obviously criminal territory with the arrival of a ransom note that demands, not money, but the allegedly incriminating videotapes of Rusty Eggers that Dash and Delia Maynard have had squirreled away for 30 years. The tapes link Rusty to a forgotten and forgettable homicide and add a paranoid new ripped-from-the-headlines dimension to the author’s formidable range. Readers who can tune out all the subplots will find the kidnappers easy to spot, but Coben finds room for three climactic surprises, one of them a honey.

Now that Coben’s added politics to his heady brew, expect sex and religion to join the mix.

Pub Date: March 17, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5387-4814-5

Page Count: 432

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Review Posted Online: Dec. 23, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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Dark and unsettling, this novel’s end arrives abruptly even as readers are still moving at a breakneck speed.


Ten years after her teenage daughter went missing, a mother begins a new relationship only to discover she can't truly move on until she answers lingering questions about the past.

Laurel Mack’s life stopped in many ways the day her 15-year-old daughter, Ellie, left the house to study at the library and never returned. She drifted away from her other two children, Hanna and Jake, and eventually she and her husband, Paul, divorced. Ten years later, Ellie’s remains and her backpack are found, though the police are unable to determine the reasons for her disappearance and death. After Ellie’s funeral, Laurel begins a relationship with Floyd, a man she meets in a cafe. She's disarmed by Floyd’s charm, but when she meets his young daughter, Poppy, Laurel is startled by her resemblance to Ellie. As the novel progresses, Laurel becomes increasingly determined to learn what happened to Ellie, especially after discovering an odd connection between Poppy’s mother and her daughter even as her relationship with Floyd is becoming more serious. Jewell’s (I Found You, 2017, etc.) latest thriller moves at a brisk pace even as she plays with narrative structure: The book is split into three sections, including a first one which alternates chapters between the time of Ellie’s disappearance and the present and a second section that begins as Laurel and Floyd meet. Both of these sections primarily focus on Laurel. In the third section, Jewell alternates narrators and moments in time: The narrator switches to alternating first-person points of view (told by Poppy’s mother and Floyd) interspersed with third-person narration of Ellie’s experiences and Laurel’s discoveries in the present. All of these devices serve to build palpable tension, but the structure also contributes to how deeply disturbing the story becomes. At times, the characters and the emotional core of the events are almost obscured by such quick maneuvering through the weighty plot.

Dark and unsettling, this novel’s end arrives abruptly even as readers are still moving at a breakneck speed.

Pub Date: April 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-5464-5

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: Feb. 6, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2018

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