cover image The Patient’s Secret

The Patient’s Secret

Loreth Anne White. Montlake, $12.95 trade paper (410p) ISBN 978-1-5420-3406-7

Inspired by real events, this exceptional psychological thriller from White (Beneath Devil’s Bridge) centers on therapist Lily Bradley and her psychology professor husband, Tom, who live with their two children in Story Cove, British Columbia. When Tom finds the body of a female jogger on the beach, a broken string of beads in her hand, Sgt. Rue Duval, the lead police investigator on the Jogger Killer case, believes the woman could be the serial killer’s latest victim. Rue identifies the deceased as a single mother whose 16-year-old son, Joe, recently started a relationship with the Bradleys’ 12-year-old daughter, Phoebe. Tom and Lily suspect each other of hiding secrets related to the murder and mutually agree to protect their secrets, determined to preserve their family. Meanwhile, the number of suspects grows as the police search for a match to the broken strand of beads. White does a superb job keeping the reader guessing as she peels back the layers of a seemingly perfect family to reveal the shocking truth. Suspense fans will want to see more from this talented author. Agent: Amy Tannenbaum, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Mar.)