The Dangers of an Ordinary Night by Lynne Reeves
Brava to Lynne Reeves for a who-done-it that delivered on so many fronts. Not only was I constantly second-guessing myself on the identity of the true culprit, I was ensconced in Boston’s Back Bay, the world of the theatre, and high-stakes parenting—a subject on which I obsess a lot! This book is the perfect length for a train ride or airplane flight. Time will disappear as you get sucked into the complex lives of its characters. They were really well developed and have continued to stay with me long after reading the (quite satisfying) ending.
About The Dangers of an Ordinary Night:
On a chilly fall evening at the prestigious Performing Arts High School of Boston, best friends Tali Carrington and June Danforth go missing after auditioning for a play. They’re last seen in grainy, out-of-focus surveillance footage that shows them walking side-by-side. Two days later in a town south of Boston, Tali is found disoriented and traumatized by the ocean’s edge, while June is pronounced dead at the scene.
Tali’s mother, Nell, is so bent on protecting her daughter from further emotional harm that she enlists the help of Cynthia Rawlins, a renowned therapist for families. Meanwhile, Detective Fitz Jameson is assigned to the investigation and dives into the lives of high-performing students who may be harboring dark secrets.
As Nell, Cynthia, and Fitz confront their own contributions to the tragedies and scandals that beleaguer them, their lives turn out to be more deeply intertwined than they’d ever imagined. And they must decide what lengths they’re willing to go to protect the people they love while also saving themselves.
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