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In an affluent suburb, a young woman is discovered dead. The three teenagers last with her are suspects of the investigation. What really happened while they were partying that lead to her death? What lengths will their parents go to in order to protect them?

I was a bit taken aback by the opening of LOCUST LANE but am glad that I kept reading as it turned out to be a gripping mystery/thriller. I liked how the narration alternated the focus through a rotation of the adult characters. It was an interesting choice not to include the teens in this being that they are suspects in the death investigation. I liked the dynamics between the characters and the exploration of what parents are willing to do to protect their children and how privilege influences decisions. The characters felt real. The plot moved along rapidly and I was eagerly turning pages to find out what would happen next. I guessed the outcome of the investigation prior to the end of the book but still enjoyed finishing reading.

LOCUST LANE was an excellent mystery/thriller. This is the first book of Stephen Amidon’s that I’ve read. I will definitely take a look at some of his other work.

Thank you to Celadon Books for the giveaway ARC.