Someone Must Die by Sharon Potts
ISBN: 9781503936676 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781522639381 (audio CD)
ISBN: 9781522639398 (audiobook)
ASIN: B01AUH9N46 (Kindle version)
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
When her six-year-old nephew vanishes from a neighborhood carnival, Aubrey Lynd’s safe, snow-globe world fractures; it shatters when the FBI’s investigation raises questions about her own family that Aubrey can’t answer.
Aubrey picks apart the inconsistencies to expose the first of many lies: a ransom note—concealed from the FBI—with a terrifying and impossible ultimatum. Aubrey doesn’t know what to believe or whom to trust. The abduction is clearly personal—but why would someone play a high-stakes game with the life of a child? The more she presses for answers, the more Aubrey is convinced that her mother is hiding something.
Desperate to save her young nephew, Aubrey must face harsh truths and choose between loyalty to her family and doing the right thing. And she’d better hurry, because vengeance sets its own schedule, and time is running out.
Praise for Someone Must Die:
“Resourceful and emotionally strong characters boost this satisfying domestic thriller from Potts (The Devil’s Madonna). At an amusement park in Miami, Fla., Diana Lynd, a retired physician, and her six-year-old grandson, Ethan, enter a fun house, but when Diana emerges from the dark building, there’s no sign of Ethan. Diana soon finds herself at the center of the investigation into the boy’s disappearance, surrounded by unfriendly FBI agents, Ethan’s aloof and very rich maternal grandparents, an angry ex-husband, an unforgiving son (Ethan’s father), and relentless, terrifying memories. The point of view alternates between Diana and her daughter, Aubrey, a Ph.D. candidate in social psychology at Brown, who recently broke up with her unfaithful poet boyfriend. Audrey flies to Miami, where she realizes that the only way to save her nephew is to uncover the truth about her parents’ past. In the end, Aubrey faces a tough ethical decision. Readers will applaud her courage.” — Publishers Weekly
“Diana Lynd is delighting in her first visit with her six-year-old grandson, Ethan—after an eight-year estrangement with her son, Kevin, the boy’s father—when Ethan goes missing at a church carnival. Then a note arrives, with a warning not to notify authorities: Ethan will be returned unharmed if Diana kills her fiancé, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Jonathan Woodward. The kidnapping seems intended to break Diana, by forcing her to choose between two people she loves, and she confides only in Aubrey, her daughter and sole ally in the situation. With hints of a possibly related incident 45 years in the past, Aubrey—a doctoral candidate in social psychology—delves into the previously undisclosed backgrounds of her mother and father, who left Diana years earlier for another woman. Potts vividly portrays the atmosphere of student protest in 1969-70 in a narrative in which secrets are buried and the desire for revenge festers over decades and turns pathological. Some contrivances aside, Potts provides a relentlessly readable plot featuring flawed, sympathetic characters, with retired physician Diana tops among them; readers will wish her well.” — Michele Leber, Booklist
“The family dynamics that threaten irreparable harm to people who are supposed to love each other enhance the gripping plot of Miami author Sharon Potts’ fourth novel. Someone Must Die is populated by strong, realistic characters who, for the most part, also are quite unlikable. But unpleasant characters have found a niche in mystery fiction—the key is that the author has to make them interesting enough for the readers to care what happens to them. And Potts more than succeeds in that aspect with the Lynd family of Miami.” — Oline H. Cogdill, southflorida.com
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