Right before Harry’s college graduation, his father dies in an accident while out walking. Devastated, Harry returns home, struggling with grief and the complicated relationship with his young stepmother, Alice. But as the police begin to suspect foul play, and Alice’s behaviour turns strange, Harry questions how well he knew his father—and if any of them are safe. I’m a huge Peter Swanson fan: he’s an amazingly consistent writer and this is his darkest offering yet.
Recommended by Helen Corcoran, Dubray Dun Laoghaire
On the eve of his college graduation, Harry is called home by his step-mother Alice, to their house on the Maine coast, following the unexpected death of his father.But who really is Alice, his father's much younger second wife? In a brilliant split narrative, Peter Swanson teases out the stories and damage that lie in her past. And as her story entwines with Harry's in the present, things grow increasingly dark and threatening - will Harry be able to see any of it clearly through his own confused feelings?