'The Perfect Wife' has intriguing plot, chilling finale

"The Perfect Wife" (Ballantine Books), by JP Delaney Some couples seem to be perfect for each other, but can any relationship achieve perfection? Silicon Valley ent...

Review: 'The Escape Room' looks at the dark side of ambition

"The Escape Room: a Novel" (St. Martin's Press), by Megan Goldin Team building exercises meant to foster cooperation, loyalty and critical thinking are often just an irritating waste...

Review: Laura Lippman's new stand-alone novel is superb

"Lady in the Lake" (William Morrow), by Laura Lippman Everyone wants to feel that he or she has an impact on the world or to have just one other person believe — no, know — that what...

Review: Alison Gaylin probes how violence affects families

"Never Look Back" by Alison Gaylin (William Morrow) The popularity of true crime podcasts bleeds into the tightly plotted "Never Look Back" by Alison Gaylin. Her fictional hero Quent...

Review: A house sitter becomes a target in 'Lock Every Door'

"Lock Every Door" by Riley Sager (Dutton) A historical New York City apartment building complete with wealthy celebrity residents, gargoyles and a storied legacy including the settin...

Review: A rich mystery awaits in S.J. Rozan's 'Paper Son'

"Paper Son" by S.J. Rozan (Pegasus Books) S.J. Rozan's affinity for little known facts about Chinese culture has fueled exciting thrillers featuring private detectives Lydia Chin and...

Perceptive plot fuels emotional 'Her Daughter's Mother'

"Her Daughter's Mother: a Novel" (Putnam), by Daniela Petrova For some couples, the plan to have a child becomes an all-consuming quest when they are faced with infertility issues. T...

Review: Love your neighbor? Not in Louise Candlish's novel

"Those People" by Louise Candlish (Berkley) Oh, those people_those boorish, inconsiderate people who move into a nice, quiet neighborhood and have no respect for those who live there...

Author forcefully builds the tension in 'Those People'

"Those People" (Berkley), by Louise Candlish Oh, those people — those boorish, inconsiderate people who move into a nice quiet neighborhood and have no respect for those who live the...

Review: In Owen Laukkanen's latest, a dog unites strangers

"Deception Cove," (Mulholland Books), by Owen Laukkanen It would be easy for Owen Laukkanen's superb "Deception Cove" to evolve into just a dog story about the power and love of a de...

Review: Peggy Townsend delivers outstanding second novel

"The Thin Edge" (Thomas & Mercer), by Peggy Townsend Journalist Peggy Townsend delivers an outstanding second novel about investigative reporter Aloa Snow that may overshadow her...

Review: Tense 'If She Wakes' moves to a surprising finale

"If She Wakes" (Little, Brown), by Michael Koryta Multi-award winning author Michael Koryta again shows his affinity for smoothly melding sophisticated action with solid character de...

Jennifer McMahon's 'The Invited' is a powerful novel

"The Invited" (Doubleday), by Jennifer McMahon Jennifer McMahon again proves that the modern ghost story is more than things that go bump in the night. It hinges on reality, slowly b...

Review: Erin Kelly's new novel staggers at an asylum

"Stone Mothers: a Novel" (Minotaur), by Erin Kelly An imposing former mental asylum reconfigured as a high-end spa and apartment building looms over a remote England town and over th...

Review: Rachel Howzell Hall writes a breakout novel

"They All Fall Down" (Forge) by Rachel Howzell Hall After four well-received novels about LAPD homicide cop Elouise "Lou" Norton, Rachel Howzell Hall confidently delivers a highly en...