Release date: January 17, 2023
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
For fans of Mystic River by Dennis Lehane and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Stephen 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.
This one sounded really good and exactly like the kind of domestic drama that usually works for me but unfortunately it was just ok for me in the end. The writing itself was strong but maybe a bit too verbose for my liking. It spent a lot of time diving deep into the characterization aspect and it just went too deep for me. But if you enjoy character driven suspense this may work for you. There were also a lot of characters too which is usually ok with me but the way things jumped around between them was odd for me. The plot was decent enough and several pieces were clever but in the end it just wasn’t enough to wow me.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.