In honor of a dear friend who shared my passion for reading—and who left this earth too soon—I’m offering a review of Greg Olsen’s “Lying Next to Me” for fans of suspense. Although not a genre I commonly seek out, on a whim I downloaded Olsen’s novel to my Kindle app. In my opinion, the multi-published author delivers a topnotch, and disturbing, psychological crime thriller that kept me turning the pages. To summarize: a couple on shaky marital grounds, along with their three-year-old daughter, escape to a lakefront cabin getaway, where the wife—abducted in broad daylight in front of her husband—winds up assaulted and murdered. Olsen introduces the officers in charge, as well as other major and minor players, as he deftly manipulates and weaves a master thread of suspicion. He strings readers along on a not-always reliable journey through multiple character viewpoints, leading up to the climax and a finish that ties up loose ends. Or does it?

What book do you recommend?

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