Nice Girls

Catherine Dang. Morrow, $27.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-06-302755-8
Mary, the narrator of Dang’s fine debut, became known as Ivy League Mary in her hometown of Liberty, Minn., after receiving a scholarship to Cornell. In her senior year, she’s asked to leave the university due to an unpleasant incident involving a younger student. Ashamed, and still occasionally simmering with rage at the injustice, she returns to Liberty, where she takes a grocery store job. When her grade school friend Olivia Willand, now a rising social media star, disappears, the police and townsfolk immediately rally to locate their missing celebrity. Meanwhile, Mary discovers that 19-year-old DeMaria Jackson vanished a few months earlier. The police quickly dismissed the Black single mother as a runaway and did no follow-up investigation. Mary’s convinced that the two cases are linked and sets out to prove it. The suspense builds as the uncomfortable secrets of the well-drawn and varied characters gradually emerge. Dang provides a full complement of thrills and suspense while addressing status inequities based on looks, race, and wealth. Readers will eagerly await her next. Agent: Eve Attermann, WME. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 09/08/2021
Release date: 09/07/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Ebook - 352 pages - 978-0-06-302757-2
Paperback - 448 pages - 978-0-06-311750-1
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