Lying with Strangers

Lying with Strangers

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*Starred Review* Young Chloe Henderson was raised in foster homes. Aged out of the system when she turned 18, she moved in with her abusive boyfriend, Trace Rodriguez, hoping to make a life for herself and the child that they are expecting. While they're out for a Sunday drive, Trace stops at a convenience store in San Francisco's rundown Bayview neighborhood. He tells Chloe to wait in the car, but she goes in and interrupts a robbery in progress. Trace kills a customer and the clerk. Although horrified, Chloe is afraid of losing Trace and agrees to help him escape, thereby becoming an accomplice to the crime. The customer, Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Roy Walker, leaves behind a wife, Diana, and a son. As the case progresses, Diana learns that Roy has kept some very dark secrets from her. Then, after her son accidently runs into Chloe on his bicycle, Chloe and Diana connect and discover that their lives are linked in unexpected ways. Veteran author Jacobs, always a solid mystery writer, has stepped up her game here. Her plotting is clever and well executed, and her characters are complex and surprising, especially as they consider life choices and contemplate the possibility for redemption. A very fine mystery novel and a great choice for book clubs. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews

Released by Five Star on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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