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.
"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."
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
"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"