REVIEW by Dan Bradley

NWR Issue 107


by Jo Mazelis

Mazelis’ novel debut takes a chance with a subversive twist on the classic murder mystery. When Lucy Swann, a young British woman, is found dead in a small French town, the death does not set in motion a frenzied hunt for a serial killer or a meditation on their mindset, but instead a reflection on the life of the victim, the people her death affected, and the ways we use story to find meaning and significance in our own lives...

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