Tina Jordan
May 11, 2015 AT 09:06 PM EDT

The Daylight Marriage

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Heidi Pitlor
publisher
Algonquin Books
genre
Thriller
We gave it a B+

The morning after some simmering irritations spark an especially nasty fight between Hannah and Lovell—married 15 years—Hannah takes their son to school, and then she vanishes. Pitlor unspools The Daylight Marriage in alternating chapters: While Hannah recounts the events of that fateful day, Lovell spins the story forward, describing what happens after the police launch an investigation into his wife’s disappearance. Despite the acrid marriage, the his-and-hers narration, and the fact that Lovell quickly emerges as the primary suspect, this isn’t really another Gone Girl. It’s more an exploration of the way that the tiniest and most impetuous of decisions can suddenly recast a person’s life. B+

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