Niederhoffer’s latest, taken from the annals of her own true life story, is a can’t-put-it-down, intense literary psychological thriller. With a fast-paced, articulate and sophisticated third-person narrative, she expertly dispenses her traumatic tale of horrific betrayal, evil misdeeds and conspiracy theories while her amazingly vivid descriptions give readers a fly-on-the-wall viewpoint of this painful yet fascinating story. And except for a few unrealistic behaviors from her educated, cultivated protagonist, her plot is flawless and her modern Agatha Christie twists and turns make this an addicting keeper for all true crime/mystery lovers.
After the tragic death of her young husband, Cass consigns herself to a lonely existence and focuses solely on her work as a journalist and her two small children. Then an enigmatic stranger slips by all of her defenses and heals her wounded heart. Ryan Connor is a handsome, charming and successful architect who manages to sweep her off her feet, and after a whirlwind courtship, they marry. But after a few years of married bliss, there are signs of cracks in the foundation of their relationship, and unfortunately, Cass isn’t sure if it’s her own imagined distrust or his real actions that are the problem. (ST. MARTIN’S, Nov., 304 pp., $26.99)