THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN
This psychological thriller features two heroines, with the spunky elderly woman stealing the show. The sinister, menacing atmosphere ratchets the suspense up to super-decibel level, leaving you holding your breath as you turn the pages. Unfortunately the somewhat illogical and not fully explained “reveals” at the end cause this to miss being a truly spectacular story.
Evie returns to the old neighborhood when her mother goes to the hospital and is dismayed to find her mother’s house in appalling condition. As Evie begins to clean and repair the house, she finds envelopes full of cash and other disturbing items. She reconnects with her elderly neighbor, Mina, and worries that Mina’s nephew doesn’t respect his aunt’s wishes to remain at home rather than move to assisted living. After Mina finds things in odd places and a neighbor accuses her of trespassing, she begins keeping notes to try to ascertain what is going on, as Evie attempts to determine whether someone is trying to kill her mother. (MORROW, Apr., 304 pp., $25.99)