…then try one of these books!
You Will Know Me / Megan Abbott
When a violent death rocks her close-knit gymnastics community weeks before an important competition, the mother of an Olympic hopeful works frantically to hold her family together in spite of being irresistibly drawn to the crime.
The Widow / Fiona Barton
When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen. . . But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.
The Marriage Lie / Kimberly Belle
Iris and Will have been married for seven years and were a happy couple, until Will flies out for a business trip to Florida.
All Things Cease to Appear / Elizabeth Brundage
When the Clare family purchases a ramshackle farmhouse at a foreclosure auction, it appears that all is well in their world, until George comes home one evening from his job as an Art History Professor at the local private college and finds his wife murdered and their three-year-old untended yet unharmed. Told through the eyes of the townspeople and the families involved, this is a gorgeously unsettling look at a marriage and what happens to a community in the process of change.
Saving Grace / Jane Green
A literary power couple hides behind a carefree public face the painful realities of the husband’s raging mood swings and the wife’s past secrets until a too-good-to-be-true new assistant enters their lives, with dangerous consequences.
Fates and Furies / Lauren Groff
Glamorous Lotto and Mathilde marry at 22, much to the consternation of family and friends, who take bets on the year the marriage will dissolve. But the two stay married for decades, for they are, and remain, completely besotted with each other, possessed of a “terrible hunger” that will not be sated.
The Rumor / Elin Hilderbrand
Grace is married to Fast Eddie, a successful real estate broker on the island. They live with their twin teenage daughters in a beautiful house with three manicured acres overlooking the harbor. Financial troubles, affairs or supposed affairs, teenage angst and shady deals kick the rumor mill on the island in high gear.
The Dinner / Herman Koch
Over the course of a meal at a fashionable Amsterdam restaurant, two couples move from small talk during the appetizer to weightier issues. While discussing their sons — who have done something terrible — we learn more about what ties the families together, and what seems to be a skewering of upper-class values turns into something far more serious.
The Couple Next Door / Shari Lapena
When a terrible crime committed on the night of a dinner party casts suspicion on a young couple who seemed to have it all, Detective Rasbach discovers that the panicked duo had been hiding dangerous secrets from each other for years.
The Woman in Cabin 10 / Ruth Ware
An intruder in the middle of the night leaves Lo Blacklock feeling vulnerable. Trying to shake off her fears, she hopes her big break of covering the maiden voyage of the luxury cruise ship, the Aurora, will help. The first night of the voyage changes everything. What did she really see in the water and who was the woman in the cabin next door?