No Bad Deed
Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
*Starred Review* An extraordinary thriller from a debut author that may well become the book everyone is talking about, come February. While driving home from her veterinary practice one rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man attacking a woman on the side of the road. After calling 911, Cassie jumps out of her car—against her every instinct—and gives futile chase. While she's examining the unconscious victim, the attacker circles back and steals her car. The man now has her name and address. The police, after divulging that the attacker is a dangerous man who is wanted for the murder of his wife, promise to keep watch on Cassie's home. The following day, her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their daughter after telling Cassie, "We need to talk." She worries that he has become involved with another woman but then wonders if his own strong sense of moral obligation has somehow put him in danger. Scary, sometimes deadly things begin to happen to her children and friends, and when Cassie finds eavesdropping equipment, spy cameras, and tracking devices in her home, she begins to realize that her family may have been set up. In a mesmerizing first-person narrative, her fear is palpable, then vanquished by an astonishing ferocity she finds within herself. Where does that come from? Wait until you find out. This one glows in dark. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2019 September
In this promising debut—rights have already been sold to six countries—veterinarian Cassie Larkin is driving home on one of those fabled dark and stormy nights when she sees a man assaulting a woman by the roadside and gives chase. The perpetrator circles back to steal her car, her husband disappears the next night while trick-or-treating with their daughter, and Cassie must take control of an upended life. With a 50,000-copy first printing.Copyright 2019 Library Journal.
PW Reviews 2019 November #1
While driving alone one rainy night, veterinarian Cassie Larkin, the narrator of Chavez's propulsive debut set in California wine country, spots a large man menacing a young woman in the road. Cassie stops and calls 911, but against the dispatcher's advice, she gets out of her van and confronts the man, who threatens Cassie before escaping with her car. The next night, which is Halloween, Cassie's husband, Sam, abandons their six-year-old daughter, Audrey, while trick-or-treating and disappears. Det. Ray Rico, who investigates, suspects that either Cassie or her 15-year-old son, Leo, is involved in Sam's disappearance. Chavez peoples her tale with credible, flawed individuals, presenting even the multiple antagonists with harrowing backstories and convincing psychological motives. While readers must suspend disbelief at times (as when Cassie fails to check in with Rico and goes rogue), Chavez is in full command of plot and pacing as the connection between Cassie's roadside confrontation and Sam's disappearance becomes clear. Domestic thriller fans will be well satisfied.