“This book will be the talk of the genre. If you read one thriller this year, read this one.” —Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Heartsick
Killing Eve meets Sharp Objects in this lush,savage Southern gothic thriller about twowomen: a fledgling murderer and the cophell-bent on catching her.
Two hours before he vanished, Mark Dixon stole a glass of wine. That’s what bartender Sophie Braam tells the cops when they question her about the customer whose mutilated body has just been found. What she doesn’t tell them is that she’s the one who killed him.
Officer Nora Martin is new to the Bellair Police Department and is trying very hard to learn the ropes from Detective Murphy while ignoring all her male colleagues griping about a diversity hire. When she meets Sophie, they build an uneasy camaraderie over shared frustrations.
As winter slides into spring and bodies start piling up, Nora begins to suspect that something’s not quite right with the unnerving, enigmatic bartender. But will she be able to convince Murph, or will he keep laughing off the idea that the serial killer haunting their little town is a woman?
A crackling cat-and-mouse thriller set against the verdant backdrop of small-town Virginia, Meagan Jennett’s You Know Her probes the boundaries of female friendship and the deadly consequences of frustration fermenting into rage.
On New Year's Eve, bartender Sophie Braam, the protagonist of Jennett's stellar debut, is closing up the Blue Bell bar in Bellair, Va., when in strolls Mark Dixon, who thinks being a friend of the owner gives him carte blanche to mooch drinks. The final straw is when he finishes a $200 bottle of wine, then pins her down in her car when she's driving him home. A few days later, Murph, a police detective, and his new partner, officer Nora Martin, find Mark's mutilated body, the first of many murdered men. During the investigation, Sophie and Nora become friends, each recognizing a kindred spirit as women tired of being harassed by men. While Murph grooms Nora to become a detective, Nora resents the other male officers' sexism and their remarks that she's a diversity hire. The author skillfully explores Sophie's descent into insanity as her frustration with men—their unwelcome touches, snidely sexual comments, entitled movements—grows into rage then into an overwhelming violent hatred. Initial snippets of humor add levity as the story shifts increasingly into hard-boiled mode. Jennett is a writer to watch.