These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall

These Toxic Things

Description

A dead woman’s cherished trinkets become pieces to a terrifying puzzle.

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.

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.

My thoughts

I wasn’t sure about this book when I first started reading it. The story seemed to be jumping all over the place and without a clear focus on what the main thread was going to be. But it became more coherent quite quickly and I was absolutely engrossed to the last page. Mickie is a unique character with a really interesting back story that is revealed slowly. The suspense factor is well done as it’s just constantly there in the background. I ended up staying up late to finish it because I had to know how everything resolved and tied together.

And, as a side note, I learned that my impression of Los Angeles as a place of eternal sunshine was totally wrong!

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