Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke | Published November 2018
Summary from GoodReads:
Television producer Laurie Moran recently became engaged to her investigative television show’s former host, Alex Buckley, and since then, the two have been happily planning a summer wedding, preparing for Alex’s confirmation to a federal judicial appointment, and searching for the perfect New York City home for their new life together.
But then Laurie is approached by Robert and Cynthia Bell, parents of Dr. Martin Bell, a physician who was shot dead as he pulled into the driveway of his Greenwich Village carriage house five years ago. The Bells are sure that Martin’s disgraced and erratic wife, Kendra, carried out the murder. Determined to prove Kendra’s guilt and win custody over their grandchildren, they plead with Laurie to feature their son’s case on Under Suspicion, ensuring her that Kendra is willing to cooperate.
As Laurie dives into the case, she learns that Martin wasn’t the picture-perfect husband, father, and doctor he appeared to be and was carrying secrets of his own. And what does the web of lies ensnaring the Bell family have to do with a dangerous stranger, who gazes at Laurie from afar and thinks, She is actually quite a lovely girl, I’m sure she’s going to be missed…?
I read this book with one of my book clubs which is to say, I read it at a far slower pace and with much more outside feedback than I typically would indulge. Eh, all things different aren’t bad. All the chat over the book did help me dig deeper and spot some details I may have otherwise overlooked..or weren’t ever there. 🤷🏾♀️ Whatever.
This is a series centered on our main character, television priducer Laurie Moran. She’s newly engaged to former co-host and future judge, Alex Buckley. Laurie hosts an investigative crime show on television and has been approached by the parents of a prominent local Dr that was murdered in his driveway. The parents largely suspect the wife was involved but have no real proof. The wife seems guilty: missing pockets of time, missing money, shady past, creepy housekeeper. Of course when Laurie starts digging, the picture perfect view gets a bit blurry.
The themes here tend to revolve around perfection. We get to meet several couples, friends and colleges of the victim, his wife and parents, and of Laurie and Alex, that appear to have perfect loving relationships. The parents of the victim paint him to be the perfect son and husband. We determine pretty quickly from the wife, he was just the opposite. As a matter of fact, most of the characters are hiding imperfections behind their public personas.
Pros: Television show makes for an interesting reoccurring storyline. It needed a couple chapters to ramp up to the action but once it started it was pretty continuous. Fast read but interesting characters and i didn’t guess the ending. Several twists and turns as with all thrillers these days.
Cons: Lead characters are sickeningly perfect. They’re the perfect couple with perfect jobs, looking for the perfect home to focus on planning the perfect wedding. 🙄 That all gets a bit boring. Anyone know if she screws the new co-host in a future installment? Now, THAT, would be interesting! I like my characters more complex and relatable. Laurie also tends to ‘discover’ clues with no real explanation given in the plot. She’s like Sherlock Holmes, mid-scene “Ive got it!” and we’re off to the races.
Overall #GoodBook. I read this in October behind Imaginary Friend and The Gone Dead, which were heavier reads with stronger content. I wanted a reset and this did the trick. Light, quick read with plenty of action, good characters and made me want to stay up all night staring at my Kindle app. 👍🏾 Goodbook 34 of 36.