Monday, January 9, 2023

Locust Lane by Stephen Amidon

 For fans of Mystic River by Dennis Lehane and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgStephen Amidon’s Locust Lane is a taut and utterly propulsive story about the search for justice and the fault lines of power and influence in a seemingly idyllic town. Can anyone be trusted?

On the surface, Emerson, Massachusetts, is just like any other affluent New England suburb. But when a young woman is found dead in the nicest part of town, the powerful neighbors close ranks to keep their families safe. In this searing novel, Eden Perry’s death kicks off an investigation into the three teenagers who were partying with her that night, each a suspect. Hannah, a sweet girl with an unstable history. Jack, the popular kid with a mean streak. Christopher, an outsider desperate to fit in. Their parents, each with motivations of their own, only complicate the picture: they will do anything to protect their children, even at the others’ expense.

With a brilliantly woven, intricately crafted plot that gathers momentum on every page, this is superb storytelling told in terse prose―a dynamic read that is both intensely gripping and deeply affecting. 

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Stephen Amidon was born in Chicago.

He is the author of a book of short stories and eight novels, including Security, and Human Capital, which Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post chose as one of the five best novels of 2004.

Stephen Amidon's books have been published in sixteen countries.

An award-winning, Italian film version of Human Capital, Il Capitale Umano, directed by Paolo Virzi, was released in 2014.

In 2020 Liev Schreiber starred in an American remake of Il Capitale Umano, which was directed by Marc Meyers.

In 2021 an Italian movie of Security, starring Marco D'Amore, received a worldwide release on Netflix.

Stephen Amidon's new novel Locust Lane will be published by Celadon Books in January 2023

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My Thoughts...
I was shocked, I sat down to read a couple of chapters and before I knew it, I was reading the last page. This is one everyone is going to really enjoy. You can't put it down.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.