WHAT THE DEAD KNOW by Laura Lippman: Satisfyingly developed characters enrich this crackling, first-rate mystery about a woman claiming to be one of two sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall 30 years earlier.

DADDY’S GIRL by Lisa Scottoline: First fashion-savvy law prof Natalie Greco gets locked inside a prison during a riot, then she’s framed for murder. Scottoline’s 14th features so many plot twists the pages seem to turn themselves.

HEARTSTOPPER by Joy Fielding: As much a smart domestic drama as it is a taut thriller, Fielding’s latest follows a raft of affecting characters dealing with divorce, teen angst—and a serial killer targeting pretty young women.

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