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Little Threats by Emily Schultz

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Book Title: Little Threats

Author: Emily Schultz

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Publication Date: November 10, 202

Format: Paperback


Both a taut whodunit and a haunting snapshot of the effects of a violent crime, Little Threats tells the story of a woman who served fifteen years in prison for murder…and now it’s time to find out if she’s guilty.
In the summer of 1993, twin sisters Kennedy and Carter Wynn are embracing the grunge era and testing every limit in their privileged Richmond suburb. But Kennedy’s teenage rebellion goes too far when, after a night of partying in the woods, her best friend, Haley, is murdered, and suspicion quickly falls upon Kennedy.
She can’t remember anything about the night in question, and this, along with the damning testimony from a college boy who both Kennedy and Haley loved, is enough to force Kennedy to enter a guilty plea.
In 2008, Kennedy is released into a world that has moved on without her. Carter has grown distant as she questions Kennedy’s innocence, and begins a relationship with someone who could drive the sisters apart forever.
The twins’ father, Gerry, is eager to protect the family’s secrets and fragile bonds. But Kennedy’s return brings the tragedy back to the surface, along with a whole new wave of media. When a crime show host comes to town asking questions, believing the murder wasn’t as simple as it seemed, murky memories of Haley’s death come to light.
As new suspects emerge and the suburban woods finally give up their secrets, two families may be destroyed again.


About the Author:

Emily Schultz is the cofounder of the influential Joyland magazine and author of, most recently, The Blondes. It was named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR, BookPage, and Kirkus Reviews. Schultz’s writing has appeared in Elle, Slate, Evergreen Review, Vice, Hazlitt, and Prairie Schooner. She is currently a producer at indie media company Heroic Collective and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.


    November 1, 2020
    I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers and have gotten much better at figuring out the whodunnit, though not necessarily the why. Little Threats has me fooled! I felt that my super sleuth deduction abilities were working overtime, but the who hit me smack in the face. I wasn't furiously flipping pages since this was more of a slow burn mystery, but I didn't lose interest at any point. I seem to have recently read quite a few books where not remembering what happened plays a major role in the story. It takes the idea of an untruthful or unreliable narrator in another direction, and I enjoyed finding out what happened right alongside Kennedy. Little Threats is the first book I have read by Emily Schultz but it won't be my last. I received a DRC from G.P.Putnam's Sons through Edelweiss
    November 1, 2020
    I saw the Karen Dionne blurb on the cover and the words "twin...sisters" in the premise and I instantly knew this was something I *needed* to read. This type of thriller is so unique in regards to the style of writing and the incredibly-engaging plot.
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