3 Compulsively Readable Thrillers
brand new novels will draw you in with their "gaspworthy" plots—and
endings that knock your winter socks off.
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Just Between Us
This tale of deceit begins with our
favorite premise: Four besties meet to swap gossip at the local coffee shop.
There's Julie, a high-energy real estate broker; Sarah, a lawyer-turned-stay-at-home-mom
who drinks too much; lonely, work-from-home Alison; and beautiful Heather, a
former model who is married to a prominent surgeon. Before we can settle into a
cozy, suburban comedy of manners, things turn sinister. Heather has mysterious
bruises, and Alison, who survived abuse as a child, is convinced that her
friend is a victim of domestic violence. After all, the surgeon's first wife
died in an "accident," didn't she? The group convenes behind Heather's
back, first to snoop and then to meddle—with consequences that go
horribly awry. As in a dead body (not Heather's) and blackmail. Everyone here
is keeping an unsavory secret, and no one knows whom, or what, to trust. "This
is the problem with doubt," Alison says. "Once a little seed has been
planted, it burrows deep into your darkest thoughts and takes root." Just Between Us winds its
roller-coaster plot around our tendency to see exactly what we are looking for—while
our little lies take on dangerous lives of their own.
— Dawn Raffel