Author Jac Jemc has spliced together the classic haunted house story with psychological, domestic suspense. The Grip of It is tight, sparse and yet deeply disturbing.
In 2004, Maura Murray went missing. Her car hit a snowbank in rural New Hampshire. When police arrived seven minutes later, her car was abandoned, with no footprints leading away from it. Maura Murray has never been heard from since — at least not publicly.
The narrative moves quickly and Marzano-Lesnevich’s writing is fantastic. She writes with vivid detail, yet doesn’t oversaturate it. Readers should be aware that this book deals with difficult topics. What is so admirable is the way the author manages to present and look at them, unflinchingly, without being graphic. The book approaches with an even-handedness that exposes the truth without allowing the book to become mired in it.
In M.L. Rio’s debut novel, the characters are a close klatch of seniors about the graduate from an intense arts conservatory and the intense bond they have formed over the years stretches taut in the final months of school.
It is every bit as creepy as the cover implies. Mr Heming is a quiet realtor in a tiny English town. Many of his neighbors couldn’t tell you his name, if they noticed him at all. He goes about his business efficiently, under the radar. But he’s not your typical realtor. Mr Heming makes…