McBeth’s stunning debut is a taut psychological thriller that explores the nightmarish depths of a friendship gone awry. Each character is drawn with the utmost care and coalesces into the clever plot. It’s difficult to anticipate the surprise ending as the finish builds in tiny increments.
Rachel is supposed to meet her best friend for dinner, but Clara never shows. When Rachel is informed that Clara is missing, she feels as if the bottom has dropped out of her world. As a news reporter, Rachel is used to ferreting out a story, but this time she’s the suspect. As she tries to prove her innocence, her life as she’s believed it to be true completely unravels. Rachel is incarcerated and has only a short time to find the truth upon her temporary release, but her research and the police investigation alarmingly make her believe she is guilty. (MINOTAUR, Mar., 304 pp., $24.99)