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Locust Lane - by Stephen Amidon (Hardcover)

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Book Synopsis

"'Locust Lane' is as perceptive as it is compulsively readable."
--The Washington Post

For fans of Mystic River by Dennis Lehane and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Stephen Amidon's Locust Lane
is a taut and utterly propulsive story about the search for justice and the fault lines of power and influence in a seemingly idyllic town. Can anyone be trusted?

On the surface, Emerson, Massachusetts, is just like any other affluent New England suburb. But when a young woman is found dead in the nicest part of town, the powerful neighbors close ranks to keep their families safe. In this searing novel, Eden Perry's death kicks off an investigation into the three teenagers who were partying with her that night, each a suspect. Hannah, a sweet girl with an unstable history. Jack, the popular kid with a mean streak. Christopher, an outsider desperate to fit in. Their parents, each with motivations of their own, only complicate the picture: they will do anything to protect their children, even at the others' expense.

With a brilliantly woven, intricately crafted plot that gathers momentum on every page, this is superb storytelling told in terse prose--a dynamic read that is both intensely gripping and deeply affecting.

Review Quotes

"A cool-headed, red-blooded novel of such ice-pick intelligence that you might find yourself wondering, as I did, when you last read a thriller this sophisticated. Like Lehane and Landay -- like Harlan Coben, too, and Laura Dave in The Last Thing He Told Me, he detonates surprises with perfect timing.
--A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"Amidon's compulsively readable, richly plotted crime novel is a tour de force that grabs readers' attention and doesn't let go until the final page."

"Locust Lane is a thrilling, immersive read that will keep you guessing right until the end."
--The Spectator World

"Stephen Amidon's menacing mystery "Locust Lane" follows the moneyed families of a suburban town closing ranks when a murder threatens their futures.... Only one child has to go down for the crime, and each parent will do anything to ensure it's not theirs."
--PopSugar, "12 New Mystery Books That'll Have You on the Edge of Your Seat in 2023"

"[A] taut, twist-filled thriller."

"Stephen Amidon's taut domestic thriller 'Locust Lane'... Everyone has a story, everyone has secrets, and all that enthusiastic page-turning created a refreshing breeze. Very satisfactory...."
--The Seattle Times

"'Locust Lane' is as perceptive as it is compulsively readable."
--The Washington Post

Stephen Amidon has spent considerable time in London, so perhaps that's why he's so good at conjuring the nasty wittiness of a mid-century British novel (which is exactly the tone I want to find in a book about wealthy people behaving very, very badly)."
--CrimeReads, "The Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2023"

"This truly gripping novel, both a convoluted family drama and a suspenseful murder investigation, delivers intrigue and moral depth."
--Shelf Awareness

"As a bald faced examination of affluenza and the privileges wealth affords, Locust Lane is a highly realistic read, with an ending that will have readers ruefully wishing that we all lived in a better world."
--Criminal Element

"Stephen Amidon's LOCUST LANE is a suburban noir thriller that packs a gut punch."
--Deadly Pleasures Magazine

"A sharp portrait of class divisions and high-end dysfunction."
--New York Times Book Review

About the Author

STEPHEN AMIDON was born in Chicago and grew up on the East Coast. He lived in London for twelve years before returning to the United States in 1999. He now lives in Massachusetts and Torino, Italy. His books have been published in sixteen countries and include two works of nonfiction, a collection of short stories, and seven novels, including Human Capital, adapted as a film directed by Marc Meyers in 2019, and Security, also adapted as a film and released by Netflix in summer 2021.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.5 Inches (H) x 6.42 Inches (W) x 1.14 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.09 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Thrillers
Publisher: Celadon Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: Stephen Amidon
Language: English
Street Date: January 17, 2023
TCIN: 86695551
UPC: 9781250844231
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-1648
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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4.0 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews
100% would recommend
2 recommendations

Skillfully woven neighborhood thriller

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
lurkykitty - 11 months ago
A young woman, Eden Perry, is murdered in Emerson, an affluent Massachusetts suburb. An investigation is launched, and it is discovered that three local teenagers were with her the night of her death, all claiming to have left when she was alive. The story alternates between multiple points of view which really enhanced plot development and built tension. The skillfully woven plot made for a book that was gripping and impossible to put down. The characters were realistic, well-developed and in some cases highly sympathetic. Prejudices are revealed, hidden motives and dark secrets come to light. The themes explored were of privilege, wealth, influence, racism, social media, grief, addiction and misogyny. This fast-paced thriller is well written and has a lot of depth and insight. I absolutely devoured it but felt that the ending was abrupt and needed more elaboration. Thank you to Celadon Books for a copy to review.
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excellent mystery/thriller

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
bostieslovebooks - 11 months ago
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.
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Good Intensity

4 out of 5 stars
Devin - 11 months ago
Emerson, Massachusetts, on the surface, is just like any other affluent New England suburb. However, the neighbors powerfully close ranks to keep their families safe after a young woman is found dead in the nicest part of town. The death of Eden Perry begins an investigation into the three teens, each a suspect, who were with her the night of her death. Hannah, the sweet girl with a shaky history. Jack, the popular kid with a bit of a mean streak. And Christopher, the outsider who is desperate to just fit in. Their parents only complicate things with their own motivations and will do anything do protect their kids, even at the expense of others. The writing is so fantastic that I could not put it down. There was suspense woven through the whole book that will keep you reading on the edge of your seat. I think the ending could have been better but it was an overall good read.
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