In Case Of Emergency by E.G. Scott (Dutton)
His & Hers by Alice Feeney (Flatiron Books)
August 12, 2020
Dear Mr. Hemingway,
Today I am writing to you about two books that literally thrilled me to death. Suspense and crime fiction have really added some zest to my summer days. I’m not going to lie though, you weren’t exactly Mr. Thriller back in the day. As you are aware from previous letters, I will always rely on your simple, yet zealous writing. But once again, I am leaving the thrills and chills to a few others. Let me introduce you to E.G. Scott and Alice Feeney. Even though these authors are relatively new to me as a reader, they have won me over with their recent books. I believe you would have enjoyed these two authors’ company (ok…technically there are three. See my postscript for the explanation). I can imagine you and E.G. Scott discussing writing techniques and the ever changing publishing industry, while you and Alice Feeney swap stories of your shared experiences as journalists. I am sure your conversations would be accompanied by some sort of fabulous drink. Perhaps a stiff, no nonsense alcoholic bevy or even a frothy cappuccino would do the trick. Anyway, I digress. Here is the scoop on today’s post. Feeney and Scott know how to write stories that bring on the goosebumps. I am talking heart pounding, quick shivers of mind bending crazy that run through your veins kind of writing. Let’s check out their latest creations.
First up, we have E.G. Scott’s, In Case of Emergency. When thirty something Charlotte’s career as a neurosurgeon abruptly ends, she takes on the world of acupuncture and holistic healing. Here is Charlotte in a nutshell. She is a member of an online support group for trauma survivors, she struggles to keep her new business afloat, and she believes her mysterious and secretive boyfriend, Peter, has gone missing. To add a shake of salt to her already open wounds, she is called in to help identify a dead (presumably murdered) woman in town. The crazy thing is, Charlotte has no idea who this woman is or why this “Jane-Doe” had Charlotte down as her “in case of emergency” contact. Here is where all of the questions come in. Why on earth is Charlotte being questioned by the police, who IS this mysterious dead woman, and where the hell is Peter? Throw in Charlotte’s ex-junkie best friend/co-worker, an officer and a gentleman, and a whole lot of acupuncture needles going every which way, and this book is crazy good! Scott’s fast paced story will have you effortlessly dipping in and out of chapters until the very end. Enjoy this summer treat!
Next up is His & Hers by Alice Fenney. This book is ridiculously incredible on audio. I repeat, this book is ridiculously incredible on audio. So, I guess the saying goes…there are two sides to every story, right? Well… in Alice Feeney’s latest thriller, there may be yet another side. The story starts with Anna Andrews, a temporary TV Presenter on BBC (filling in for Cat Jones on a never ending maternity leave). When her dreamy presenter job is jeopardized, she is asked to cover a murder in Blackdown, Surrey. It turns out that the woman murdered was a childhood friend of hers. Anna’s ex-husband, Jack Harper, is a detective at the scene of the murder and may be a suspect in this horrid crime. Shortly after this woman’s body is discovered, a string of murders occur nearby, thickening the plot of this already juicy mystery. His & Hers is told from alternating POVs… Anna and Jack’s. Feeney’s story moves quickly and is gushing with unimaginable twists and turns. She meticulously exposes her characters’ pasts and closely guarded secrets every step of the way. I mentioned two sides of every story, but sometimes…there is a possible third 😯! Feeney offers up the POV of the “killer” for an extra layer of creepy. Be prepared to be sucked into this very dark read from page one. Fans of true crime stories who just adore the craftiness of a well mannered serial killer will drool over this book! Enjoy your pounding pulse everyone!
That is a wrap my friend!
Until next time!
Your Biggest Fan,
P.S. Did you know that E.G. Scott is the pseudonym for two writers…Elizabeth Keenan and Greg Wands. These two authors have been friends for over 20 years. How fun is that? Also, rumor has it that His & Hers was picked up for TV…WOW! I know I will be watching.