cover image Good Girls Don’t Die

Good Girls Don’t Die

Christina Henry. Berkley, $17 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-593-63819-4

Henry (Horseman) twists familiar tropes on their heads in this innovative sci-fi thriller. Three women separately find themselves in troubled scenarios straight out of a cozy mystery, a horror movie, and a dystopian YA novel, respectively. Celia can’t remember anything about who she is when she awakens in a quirky small town. Then her strange but quaint new life is shattered by someone attempting to frame her for murder. Allie’s birthday trip is ruined when spooky events at her cabin in the woods prelude her friends getting picked off one by one. Maggie is kidnapped alongside a group of other women and forced to run a booby-trapped maze. It gradually becomes apparent that these scenarios are even stranger than they initially appear, and the women must discover both how to escape and how they got there in the first place. Luckily, the well-shaded heroines are more than up to the task. Henry has a lot of fun playing with genre here, but at its heart, this book is pure thriller, complete with a twist that will put readers in mind of Don’t Worry Darling. With a fresh plot and a feminist slant that highlights misogyny and elitism, this fast-paced and accessible story still offers plenty of depth. Agent: Lucienne Diver, Knight Agency. (Nov.)