Taryn Moore is young, beautiful, and brilliant...so why would she kill herself? When Detective Frankie Loomis arrives on the scene to investigate the girl's fatal plunge from her apartment balcony, she knows in her gut there's more to the story. Her instincts are confirmed when surprise information is revealed that could have been reason enough for Taryn's suicide--or a motive for her murder. To English professor Jack Dorian, Taryn was the ultimate fantasy: intelligent, adoring, and completely off limits. But there was also a dark side to Taryn, a dangerous streak that threatened those she turned her affections to--including Jack. And now that she's dead, his problems are just beginning. After Frankie uncovers a trove of sordid secrets, it becomes clear that Jack may know the truth. He is guilty of deception, but is he capable of cold-blooded murder?
Choose Me begins as an engrossing police procedural. But this is a seductive shapeshifter of a novel, full of flashbacks and revelations ... Ms. Gerritsen and Mr. Braver bring all their characters to believable life—from Frankie’s well-meaning partner Mac, who gives her dating tips, to Taryn, hellbent on becoming a worthy successor to her mythic inspirations.
In Choose Me, Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver examine how different people respond after experiencing betrayal and abandonment ... Gerritsen and Braver don't pull any punches ... This solid mystery forces us to consider not just the significance and validity of the #MeToo movement but also the aftermath of such an affair. What about vengeance? What is justice? ... Can the characters here forgive others for acts of betrayal? These kinds of questions and reflections make us better individuals. How much should forgiveness play a role in our lives? What would we have done if we were in the same situation as those in Choose Me?
In their first collaboration, veterans Gerritsen and Braver unfold a painful, and painfully familiar, fable of adultery and its fatal consequences ... The fate of this modern-day Heloise and Abelard unfolds with minimum surprise but maximum impact.