By Antonio Manzini. Tr. by Antony
Aug. 2016. 320p. HarperCollins/Bourbon Street, $14.99
(9780062354679); e-book, $10.99 (9780062354693).
Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone has
been demoted from the police force in his native Rome for beating up a rape suspect. He’s
been reassigned to the town of Aosta in the
Italian Alps. Schiavone is cut off from Rome,
from his friends, and, most grievously, from
his beloved, murdered wife. His goal, as he
puts it, is just to keep taking “one step, another step,” the mantra of the Italian soldiers
who marched through the frozen Ukraine in
1943. In the second in this series (following
Black Run, 2015), Schiavone’s lethargy is interrupted by a maid’s discovery of her female
employer hanging from a light fixture. The
scene and the condition of the woman’s body
make Schiavone believe this is not, as was
first believed, a suicide but rather a carefully
staged murder. Manzini delivers a wonderful
mix of in-depth characterization with an ever-deepening plot. Best of all, perhaps, are his
descriptions (his evocation of the sounds an
espresso machine makes is just one example)
and his characters’ wide-ranging comments
on Italian life and politics. —Connie Fletcher
All Is Not Forgotten.
By Wendy Walker.
July 2016. 352p. St. Martin’s, $26.99 (9781250097910).
After 15-year-old Jenny Kramer is raped,
her parents allow doctors to administer a new
drug that interrupts memory creation. Jenny
loses her traumatic memories but is filled with
an unrelenting, targetless anger that leads
her to attempt suicide. Fortunately, the resident psychiatrist in Fariview, Connecticut,
where Jenny lives, has experience recapturing memories from treating Navy SEAL Sean
Logan, who received the memory-inhibiting
drug after losing his unit in Afghanistan. As
Jenny and Sean develop a strong dependency
on each other, Jenny has flashbacks implicating people within their sheltered community.
At the same time, Jenny’s family struggles
with her father’s obsession with finding her
attacker and her mother’s denial about the
rape’s devastating consequences. Narrated by
Jenny’s psychiatrist, this exploration of the
dangerous repercussions of erasing traumatic
memories will appeal to fans of S. J. Watson’s
Before I Go to Sleep (2011) and William Lan-
day’s Defending Jacob (2012). Some thriller
fans may find the pacing slow, but the cast is
immensely relatable and book groups will en-
joy debating their decisions, from the drug’s
administration to the surprise conclusion.
All the Missing Girls.
By Megan Miranda.
June 2016. 384p. Simon & Schuster, $25
(9781501107962); e-book, $12.99 (9781501107986).
Miranda, known for her successful young-
adult thrillers, has crafted a darkly nostalgic
adult debut sure to draw new readers and
please her YA base. Nicolette Farrell left Cool-
ey Ridge, North Carolina, 10 years ago in the
wake of her best friend Corinne’s disappear-
ance. Now a school counselor in Philadelphia
and engaged to a successful attorney, Nic re-
luctantly returns to Cooley Ridge to handle
her father’s affairs after a stroke sends him to a
nursing home. With Nic’s arrival, the fallout
surrounding Corinne’s disappearance resur-
faces as if no time has passed, confronting
her with unresolved feelings about Corinne,
a dangerous attraction to her first love, and a
growing cloud of suspicion surrounding her
family’s role in Corinne’s disappearance. Then
Annaleise Carter, who provided the alibi for
Nic and her friends the night Corinne disap-
peared, goes missing, and Nic scrambles to
understand the clues she’s unearthed impli-
cating her loved ones. Miranda takes a risk by
telling the story backward, but it pays off with
an undroppable thriller, plenty of romantic
suspense, and a fresh take on the decades-old
teenage-murder theme. —Christine Tran
YA: Teen fans of Miranda’s YA novels
interested in her adult debut will likely
find Nic’s recollections of her teenage years
The American Girl.
By Kate Horsley.
Aug. 2016. 352p. Morrow, paper, $15.99
The caves of St. Roch hold many secrets.
Their eeriness sets the tone for this compelling
psychological thriller. There is much Poe-like
dread and David Lynch–like surrealism in the
story of 17-year-old American exchange student Quinn Perkins, a hit-and-run victim after
she stumbles out of the woods near the caves,
barefoot and bloodied. The story is told in two
voices. Quinn speaks to us through blog entries
dated before and after the event, and crime
journalist Molly Swift, posing as the amnesiac
Quinn’s aunt, reports to us on her findings.
Both women exist in emotional voids resulting
from circumstances surrounding their respec-
tive childhoods. Molly and the reader need to
decide if Quinn is an innocent victim or if she
is getting away with murder. This book is also
something of a morality tale about bad roman-
tic choices and the dangers of social media.
Author Horsley is the cofounder of the online
magazine Crimeculture. Recommend this one
to fans of Allison Brennan, Jennifer McMa-
hon, and Wendy Corsi Staub. —Jane Murphy
YA/M: Sophisticated teen readers will be
easily drawn in to 17-year-old Quinn’s
enigmatic tale. JM.
Another One Goes Tonight.
By Peter Lovesey.
July 2016. 400p. Soho, $27.95 (9781616957582);
e-book, $14.99 (9781616957599).
The elderly English gentleman in knickers
and a Holmesian deerstalker is putt-putting
down a darkened road on his motorized tricycle when a traffic smashup occurs. He’s brought
back from the dead by Detective Superintendent Peter
Diamond, who has arrived
in time to administer CPR.
Afterward, Diamond is perplexed by the emotional bond
the act created, and the puzzlement turns creepy when
Diamond discovers sinister
things in the old guy’s history. Has he rescued
a monster? Lovesey’s fans will be overjoyed to
watch his series hero, Diamond—smart, obstinate, slyly funny—back in action (this is the
sixteenth in the much-loved series), and they’ll
love just as much being made into chumps
by a complex plot that the author takes pains
eventually to clarify—just before he lets us
know we’ve missed everything. Pacing, dialogue, exposition, backstory—nobody handles
them better than Lovesey, who always writes
elegantly while spinning a tough-minded
police procedural. Diamond knocks on doors,
endures uncooperative and occasionally
abusive witnesses, sits through tedious interrogations, pushes himself beyond exhaustion,
and lets us know everything he knows. So how
come he can figure everything out and we
can’t? —Don Crinklaw
By Laura McHugh.
July 2016. 288p. Spiegel & Grau, $27 (9780812996395).
Along the bluffs of the Mississippi River
in southern Iowa sits a bucolic enclave called
Keokuk. Home to majestic historical man-
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