Jane Casey: The Killing Kind
This stand alone from Jane Casey is whip smart and terrifying. I am a big fan of her Maeve Kerrigan series, with its combination of character, complex plotting and nuanced look at police work. In this standalone, the central character is not a policewoman but a barrister, youngish Ingrid Lewis, happily involved with Mark.
As Ingrid goes through her court routine in the opening scene, which sets up not only the legal surround but some of the relationships and events that carry through the book, she lends a colleague her umbrella. As she’s hurrying out later to another case, she sees that the umbrella borrower has been a victim of a hit and run. As she is interviewed by a police officer about her colleague, she mentions a stalker from her past. She’s afraid the man saw her umbrella and pushed the wrong woman under a bus.