cover image Three Single Wives

Three Single Wives

Gina LaManna. Sourcebooks Landmark, $26.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-7282-1565-5

Set in Los Angeles, this divinely original thriller from LaManna (Pretty Guilty Women) unfolds from the perspectives of three women—Eliza Tate, a high-flying PR consultant; Anne Wilkes, the harried mother of four children; and Penny Sands, a young wannabe actor—who seem to have only one thing in common: a book club. When one of their book club meetings leads to the murder of a philandering husband, one of them goes on trial, though both victim and accused remain unidentified until late in the story. The author provides a wonderful carousel of revolving suspects, motives, and means, and many people to love and to love to hate. Every character possesses good qualities balanced by their dark secrets. In one of the many dramatic court transcripts, the accused says, “I thought I knew my husband... and my best friends. Now, I’m not sure who is my friend and who is trying to frame me for murder.” Readers will keep guessing right up to the surprise fair-play ending. This rollicking tale is sure to win LaManna new fans. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency. (Sept.)