I Don’t Forgive You

A friend recommended I pick up Angie Blum Thompson’s debut thriller, I Don’t Forgive You. It’s set in the Westbrook neighborhood of Bethesda (named Eastbrook in the novel). And, while I was skeptical at first and thought some of the location references were a bit forced and unnecessary, overall, I enjoyed it. “An accomplished photographer and the devoted mom of an adorable little boy, Allie Ross has just moved to an upscale DC suburb, the kind of place where parenting feels like a competitive sport. Allie’s desperate to make a good first impression. Then she’s framed for murder. It all starts at a neighborhood party when a local dad corners Allie and calls her by an old, forgotten nickname from her dark past. The next day, he is found dead. Soon, the police are knocking at her door, grilling her about a supposed Tinder relationship with the man, and pulling up texts between them. She learns quickly that she’s been hacked and someone is impersonating her online. Her reputation—socially and professionally—is at stake; even her husband starts to doubt her. As the killer closes in, Allie must reach back into a past she vowed to forget in order to learn the shocking truth of who is destroying her life.” (Amazon) I was kept guessing all the way though, which I like, and the ending surprised me. My only other complaint was the use of buoyed/buoy in a three page window, but that strikes me as the editors’ fault more than the writer’s. I give this one a thumbs up – a good summer choice.

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