Sarah Pinborough’s new book takes place in the heart of the south in Savannah, Georgia. It begins at a party introducing the new wife of William Radford IV, Keisha, a beautiful, black woman from London. Marcie Maddox takes note of how all the other Southern elite react to this change. Not only did William’s first wife Eleanor die just a month ago, but racism runs deep in the south regardless how much they say otherwise.
Keisha is young, wild, and bold a severe contrast to the demure, perfect, polished women of their circle and while William tries to force Keisha to fit the mold that Eleanor left, Keisha hopes and prays that he dies as soon as possible.
This thriller is similar to Pinborough’s first novel, Behind Her Eyes, in that there is suspense and unease from the beginning. What’s going to happen and to who? There are enough breadcrumbs to indicate several people that could be the eventual victim as well as who could be the eventual criminal. Every new chapter reveals a new and more disturbing layer to this society.
There’s a lot to love about how this book is written. It’s captivating and enthralling and deliciously full of imagery. I have to admit, I guessed who the “bad guy” was, but I was still so impressed with how it all unfolded and every twist and turn it took. Additionally there is more than one queer person in this novel which is always a good thing in my book.
I’m still a little suspicious about something in Pinborough’s writing… there’s a trend I’m not too fond of and I’m not really sure how to process it. But please, read this book and let me know what you think! Happy Release Day, Dead To Her! Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review!