Mickie Lambert creates “digital scrapbooks” for clients, ensuring that precious souvenirs aren’t forgotten or lost.
When her latest client, Nadia Denham, a curio shop owner, dies from an apparent suicide, Mickie honors the old woman’s last wish and begins curating her peculiar objets d’art.
A music box, a hair clip, a key chain—twelve mementos in all that must have meant so much to Nadia, who collected them on her flea market scavenges across the country.
“Howzell Hall is at the height of her craft as the story unfolds on multiple tracks…[she] skillfully weaves together disparate threads that at first don’t appear to be connected…It’s an intriguing, riveting pleasure to watch the action unfold and see how the pieces fit together.” —NPR
But these tokens mean a lot to someone else, too. Mickie has been receiving threatening messages to leave Nadia’s past alone.
It’s becoming a mystery Mickie is driven to solve.
Who once owned these odd treasures? How did Nadia really come to possess them? Discovering the truth means crossing paths with a long-dormant serial killer and navigating the secrets of a sinister past. One that might, Mickie fears, be inescapably entwined with her own.
A dead woman’s cherished trinkets become pieces to a terrifying puzzle.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Howzell Hall is the critically acclaimed author and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist for And Now She’s Gone. She is an Anthony, International Thriller Writers and Left Award nominee.
With plenty of clues and red herrings, These Toxic Things is a compelling read, as well as a rich addition to the author’s impressive body of work.— Bookreporter
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