From the publisher:
A woman in search of a fresh start is about to get more than she bargained for in this twisty and addictive domestic thriller for fans of The Couple Next Door.
Fleeing Brooklyn with little more than a suitcase and her trusty dog, Lucy King heads to rustic Woodstock , New York, eager to lose herself in a quiet life where her past can never find her. But when she meets Vera and John, the alluring couple next door, their friendship proves impossible to resist. Just as Lucy starts to think the worst is behind her, the couple delivers a staggering bombshell: they, too, need to escape their troubles–and the only way they can begin their new life is if Lucy helps them fake John’s death.
Afraid to lose her newfound support system, Lucy reluctantly conspires with them to stage an “accidental” death on a hike nearby. It’s just one little lie to the police, after all, and she knows a thing or two about the importance of fresh starts. But what begins as an elaborate ruse turns all too real when John turns up dead in the woods the morning after their hike. Now, Lucy must figure out who she can trust and who’s pulling the strings of her tenuous new life . . . before she takes the fall for murder.
Leah Konen, known for her YA romances, takes a sharp turn here into her first psychological thriller for adults; hopefully, there will be more. Lucy King has left Brooklyn and her abusive boyfriend and is hiding out in the small, upstate town of Woodstock, NY with her dog. Her new neighbors, Vera & John, promptly invite her to dinner, but her other neighbor offers vague warnings about them. Nevertheless, Lucy goes and an all consuming friendship is formed, even after Lucy learns about the terrible rumors about John and a local teenager. Lucy has no one, her parents are gone, and her best friend was the abusive boyfriend’s sister, so she clings to this couple. John and Vera decide the only way they are going to be able to escape repercussions is by faking John’s death, and they enlist Lucy’s help. But when John is murdered, everything changes.
Verdict: The main protagonist is an unreliable narrator, but the twist here is that all the characters are unreliable, making this a fast-paced, unputdownable rollercoaster of a read sure to appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn or Paula Hawkins.
©Library Journal, 2020
6/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
ALL THE BROKEN PEOPLE by Leah Konen. Grand Central Publishing (June 2, 2020). ISBN 978-1538726983. 368p.
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