"It was their job to look for clues, make suspicion a virtue," Evgenia Citkowitz writes about forensic workers investigating a possible suicide, in her new novel, The Shades. But the book is not a typical murder mystery so much as it's an engrossing psychological thriller that takes place in the British countryside as a grieving couple try to repair their lives after their daughter dies in a car accident. "Nothing could have prepared her for this surreal dialogue," Citkowitz writes early on in the novel about her tormented heroine. She discusses The Shades this evening in a conversation with fellow novelist Mona Simpson.
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