cover image Can’t Look Away

Can’t Look Away

Carola Lovering. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-27139-6

The wounds of the past fracture the present in this gripping psychological thriller from Lovering (Too Good to Be True). In 2013, a country group performs at a bar near aspiring writer Molly Diamond’s Brooklyn apartment. Her eyes meet those of the band’s charismatic singer, Jake Danner, and the two quickly fall in love. Though Jake ends his half-hearted relationship with his girlfriend, Sisi, so that he and Molly can live together, his unreliability and Molly’s suspicion that he’s cheating destroy her trust. By 2022, her writing dreams abandoned, Molly is married to a more reliable man. Lonely in their upscale Connecticut town and unable to forget Jake entirely, she’s delighted to meet Sabrina, a wealthy marketer who shares her ironic, offbeat sensibility. The two grow close, but Molly is unaware that Sabrina, who has nursed a secret grudge against her for years, hopes to sabotage what she sees as Molly’s perfect life. Lovering’s nuanced characterizations and interweaving of different voices and timelines add depth to her story of obsession. Fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins will enjoy this one. Agent: Allison Hunter, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (June)