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Reading a truly terrifying novel can make you feel like you’re drowning: As much as you may want to surface and catch your breath, the plot holds you in its grip. In Chaon’s latest, two sets of unsolved murders haunt middle-aged therapist Dustin Tillman. His parents were killed in spectacularly gruesome fashion when he was a kid, and now he’s been sucked into a series of local drownings by an unstable patient who’s obsessed with the case. As Chaon moves nimbly between viewpoints, calling memories and relationships into question, a powerful undercurrent of dread begins to form beneath the story, slowly but inexorably pulling you under. B+