I Need You to Read This: A Novel (Hardcover)

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The author of the “clever, atmospheric, and creepy” (Andrea Bartz, New York Times bestselling author) The Golden Spoon returns with a sly and addictive new mystery about an advice columnist searching for answers about her predecessor’s murder.

Her most important letter might be her last…

Years ago Alex Marks escaped to New York City for a fresh start. Now, aside from trips to her regular diner for coffee, she keeps to herself, gets her perfectly normal copywriting job done, and doesn’t date. Her carefully cultivated world is upended when her childhood hero, Francis Keen, is brutally murdered. Francis was the woman behind the famous advice column, Dear Constance, and her words helped Alex through some of her darkest times.

When Alex sees an advertisement searching for her replacement, she impulsively applies, never expecting to actually get the job. Against all odds, Alex is given the position and quickly proves herself skilled at solving other people’s problems. But soon, she begins to receive strange, potentially threatening letters at the office. Francis’s murderer was never identified, turning everyone around her into a threat. Including her boss, editor-in-chief Howard Dimitri, who has a habit of staying late at the office and drinking too much.

As Alex is drawn into the details surrounding her predecessor’s murder, her own dark secrets begin to rise to the surface and Alex suddenly finds herself trapped in a dangerous and potentially deadly game of cat and mouse that takes her all the way from the power centers of Manhattan to Francis Keen’s summer house, where her body was found and where the killer may just be waiting for her.

About the Author

Jessa Maxwell is the author of The Golden Spoon and I Need You to Read This. She is also the author and illustrator of five picture books for children. Her comics and cartoons have been published in The New Yorker and The New York Times and her writing has been published in Slate, Marie Claire, and many others. She now lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island with her husband, two cats and three-legged dog. 

Praise For…

“No one expects their dream job to end up a nightmare, but that’s precisely what happens to Alex Marks in Jessa Maxwell’s latest perfectly plotted whodunnit, a novel that asks us point blank what price we’re willing to pay for our ambition, because it just might be our life. With a crackling pace and series of irresistible twists, it’s impossible to know who to trust at the New York Herald, especially when one of your co-workers might be a murderer. It’s a killer job, if you can survive.” —KATY HAYS, New York Times bestselling author of The Cloisters

"Jessa Maxwell has written a smart, thoroughly entertaining mystery, in which empathy is an amateur sleuth's sharpest weapon. Layered and carefully crafted, the pages of I Need You To Read This turn themselves." —CLÉMENCE MICHALLON, internationally bestselling author of The Quiet Tenant

"What a perfect title because I need you to read this book! Jessa expertly explores the world of an advice columnist who is desperately in need of some of her own advice—like stay out of murder investigations if you don’t want to put yourself in danger! I enjoyed every minute of this twisty, original tale." —CATHERINE MACK, USA Today bestselling author of Every Time I Go on Vacation, Someone Dies

“There’s real heart beating at the center of this addictive and original mystery about a newspaper’s agony-aunt drawn into the murder of her famous predecessor. I sat down to read a few chapters and looked up hours later from the very last page…” —CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD, author of The Trap

"A fresh and fascinating twist on a classic murder mystery. Not only does Jessa Maxwell transform the comfort of an advice column into something far more cut-throat, but she also deftly balances the darkness of the story with the warmth and wit of its characters. Just be careful which ones you trust!" —MEGAN COLLINS, author of The Family Plot

"[A] palm-sweat-inducing psychological thriller." —Booklist

"Scintillating tension." —Publisher's Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9781668008034
ISBN-10: 1668008033
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: August 13th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English