What to Do When Someone Dies

Nicci French. Morrow, $16.99 trade paper (384p) ISBN 978-0-06-287609-6
This excellent standalone from the pseudonymous French (House of Correction) opens as London furniture restorer Ellie Falkner learns that her husband, Greg Manning, has died in a car crash that also killed his female passenger, married party planner Milena Livingstone, who’s unknown to Ellie and Greg’s friends, family, and colleagues. Others conclude he was having an affair, but Ellie needs to know for sure. When she stops by Milena’s offices hoping to glean more information, Ellie impulsively introduces herself to the firm’s co-owner, Frances Shaw, as a casual acquaintance of Milena’s, Gwen Abbott (actually the name of a friend) and offers to help. Shaw soon trusts “Gwen” to be alone in the office. Though her search of Milena’s papers and emails neither proves nor disproves Greg’s fidelity, it suggests the car crash was no accident. Obsessed, embroiled in deception, and unable to move forward, Ellie may destroy her own life before she understands Greg’s. Taut prose and psychological insight make Ellie’s quest both moving and suspenseful. French, the husband-and-wife team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, doesn’t disappoint. Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Literary. (June)
Reviewed on : 04/08/2021
Release date: 06/22/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Paperback - 343 pages - 978-0-14-102092-1
Open Ebook - 384 pages - 978-0-14-317948-1
Mass Market Paperbound - 384 pages - 978-0-14-305254-8
Ebook - 368 pages - 978-0-06-287612-6
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