More Than it Hurts You

By Darin Strauss (Dutton)

When career woman-turned-stay-at-home mom Dori Goldin's toddler has two bloody incidents that force her husband, Josh, to come to the rescue, doctors start to wonder if the missus has found a sinister way of getting her husband to be home more. (Did we mention Dori is a former phlebotomist?) After their story makes news, the novel feels like an episode of Law & Order: SVU (without the predictability or the ads), allowing one-time wunderkind Strauss (2001's Chang and Eng) to shake off that sophomore slump and hit a homer.

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