cover image You Shouldn’t Have Come

You Shouldn’t Have Come

Jeneva Rose. Blackstone, $26.99 (344p) ISBN 979-8-212-18280-5

New Yorker Grace Evans, one narrator of this intriguing thriller from Rose (One of Us Is Dead), books a getaway at a remote ranch near DuBois, Wyo., to escape her high-powered banking career and relax. The other narrator is the ranch’s proprietor, Calvin Wells, who promises to keep her safe after she tells him on arrival that she had a run-in with a creepy gas station attendant en route. The good news: plenty of outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery; the bad news: little to no phone reception and no internet. Though Grace is a bit apprehensive, she shrugs it off, determined to disconnect from technology. But then her car starts acting up, folks in DuBois aren’t exactly friendly (including Calvin’s friends and family), and then the police show up looking for a young woman who was supposed to be the ranch’s most recent guest. Calvin says she never showed, and Grace believes him; the two become increasingly entangled as things go awry. A sinister undercurrent runs throughout, and while the reader is privy to each narrator’s thoughts, there are a few land mines buried along the way to the surprise ending. Rose should win new fans with this one. Agent: Sandy Lu, Book Wyrm Literary. (Apr.)

Correction: An earlier version of this review misstated the name of the character Grace Evans.