A riveting, dark debut psychological thriller perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, and Megan Abbott
From an early age, Sam Mayfair knew she was different. Like any young girl, she developed infatuations and lust—but her desires were always tinged with darkness. Then, when Sam was sixteen, her life was shattered by an abuser close to her. And she made one shocking decision whose ramifications would reverberate throughout her life.
Now, fifteen years later, Sam learns that her abuser has been murdered. The death of the man who plagued her dreams for years should have put an end to the torture she's endured. But when her stepbrother, Eric, becomes the prime suspect, Sam is flung back into the hell of her rural Oklahoma childhood. As Sam tries to help exonerate Eric, she must hide terrifying truths of their past from investigators. Yet as details of the murder unravel, Sam quickly learns that some people, including herself, will do anything to keep their secrets buried deep. Walking Through Needles is a riveting and unflinching look at violence, sexuality, and desire from a compelling and unforgettable new voice in Heather Levy.
In 2009, 31-year-old Samantha Mayfair, the protagonist of Levy's solid if distressing debut, has a responsible job and a home in a pleasant Oklahoma City neighborhood. Then her stepbrother, Eric Walker, whom she hasn't seen in years, walks into the bank where she works. Traumatic memories of her stepfather, Isaac Walker, and the events leading up to his disappearance in 1994 come flooding back. She later learns from police detective Chad Eastman that Isaac's body has recently been found buried near her childhood home. Eastman says he's pegged Eric as the killer, but Samantha vows to prove her stepbrother innocent. That every person connected to Isaac has shameful secrets they would prefer to keep hidden and valid motives for killing him hampers the police investigation. Carefully calibrated flashbacks to 1994 reveal some disturbing family relationships. Clean prose is a plus, but readers should be prepared for masochism, incest, and sexual abuse of more than one minor. This won't be to the taste of every mystery fan. \n
An unbelievable work of art
I’m left entangled in the lives of these characters and with so much to continue thinking about. What a work of art this is, bravo!