THE WIDOWER'S WIFE
A death aboard a cruise ship becomes so much more in Holahan’s follow up to Dark Turns. Some of the elements of this tale are predictable due to the familiar mystery setup, but there are enough twists and turns to surprise even the most jaded reader. Comparisons to such works as Gone Girl are going to be tossed around, and it’s easy to see why with the various elements in play. The investigator Ryan Monahan is so intriguing that readers will be anxious to read about his further adventures.
Ana Bacon appears to have accidentally fallen off of a cruise ship, and witness testimony seems to corroborate. Ryan Monahan is asked to validate the insurance claim, and spots red flags right away. Getting closer to the truth means uncovering secrets some would rather keep buried. (CROOKED LANE, Aug., 304 pp., $25.99)