A briskly paced and engaging murder tale that should satisfy fans of this series.

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A pair of grisly crimes challenges the detectives of a Long Island police department.

For Neil Jericho and the other detectives of the East Hampton Police Department, complex cases can spring from ordinary tips. In this seventh installment of a series, Evangeline “Vangie” Clark receives a call from a teenager named Kevin Jenkins. Jenkins says that while riding his bike over a bridge, he saw something suspicious in the water. Jericho and Clark go to the bridge and discover the body of a red Irish setter. The dog is identified as Bridey, whose owner, Miriam Shapiro, lives near the bridge. A veterinarian determines that Bridey was drowned. Jericho believes that the case should be turned over to animal control, but Clark, a canine owner herself, is horrified by the crime and decides to investigate the matter on her own. Meanwhile, Jericho is contacted by the captain of a research boat after voyagers find a human arm in a shark they were measuring. Jericho discovers the arm belongs to Stacy Verducci, who disappeared after meeting a man named Chad Manning. As their investigations progress, Clark is taunted by Jenkins while Jericho learns Chad Manning is an alias. When a second woman named Stacy disappears, the search is on for a serial killer. This latest entry in Marks’ series featuring Jericho and his cohorts is a taut, fast-paced mystery that skillfully weaves together the investigations of two seemingly unrelated crimes while developing subplots introduced in previous installments. Although Jericho remains the series’ primary protagonist, Clark becomes an important character in the story as she rises within the department from a 911 dispatcher to detective. Her inquiry into Bridey’s death takes a number of intriguing twists and turns as Jenkins moves from helpful witness to potential suspect. Jericho’s look into Verducci’s murder takes center stage during the second half of the enjoyable novel, and it enables him to interact with characters from previous volumes, including medical examiner Dr. John Alvarez. Jericho’s personal life is the basis for a significant subplot when his longtime girlfriend, Rainbow, must decide whether to leave the area to care for her terminally ill mother.

A briskly paced and engaging murder tale that should satisfy fans of this series.

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Review Posted Online: Feb. 4, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2020

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IT ENDS WITH US

Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.

At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5011-1036-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 31, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect.

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Named for an imperfectly worded fortune cookie, Hoover's (It Ends with Us, 2016, etc.) latest compares a woman’s relationship with her husband before and after she finds out she’s infertile.

Quinn meets her future husband, Graham, in front of her soon-to-be-ex-fiance’s apartment, where Graham is about to confront him for having an affair with his girlfriend. A few years later, they are happily married but struggling to conceive. The “then and now” format—with alternating chapters moving back and forth in time—allows a hopeful romance to blossom within a dark but relatable dilemma. Back then, Quinn’s bad breakup leads her to the love of her life. In the now, she’s exhausted a laundry list of fertility options, from IVF treatments to adoption, and the silver lining is harder to find. Quinn’s bad relationship with her wealthy mother also prevents her from asking for more money to throw at the problem. But just when Quinn’s narrative starts to sound like she’s writing a long Facebook rant about her struggles, she reveals the larger issue: Ever since she and Graham have been trying to have a baby, intimacy has become a chore, and she doesn’t know how to tell him. Instead, she hopes the contents of a mystery box she’s kept since their wedding day will help her decide their fate. With a few well-timed silences, Hoover turns the fairly common problem of infertility into the more universal problem of poor communication. Graham and Quinn may or may not become parents, but if they don’t talk about their feelings, they won’t remain a couple, either.

Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect.

Pub Date: July 17, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-7159-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2018

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