cover image In the Dark

In the Dark

Loreth Anne White. Montlake Romance, $9.99 trade paper (452p) ISBN 978-1-5420-0383-4

White (The Dark Bones) employs kaleidoscopic perspectives in this tense modern adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Nine people are invited to a free getaway at a remote lodge in the wilderness of British Columbia. They quickly discover they’re all connected by a dark moment from their pasts, and whoever invited them wants to punish them for their lies. Several days later, hunters find the wreck of the group’s crash-landed floatplane in the forest and a corpse inside with a knife in his neck. Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant Mason Deniaud must piece together what happened as he and local search and rescue manager Callie Sutton look for survivors. White’s structural sleight of hand as she shifts between narrators and timelines keeps the suspense high but occasionally veers into the contrived, and the fast-paced mystery loses momentum in the final third. Despite these frustrations, Christie fans will find this taut, clever thriller to be a worthy homage to the original. Agent: Amy Tannenbaum, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Dec.)