What Jennifer Saw
Could also have been titled Facade or What Lies Beneath--the plot involves so many characters with veneers of respectability.
The perfect Harris family is shattered by the death of "Big Jim" Harris. When the beloved pillar of the community is murdered, the entire town is in shock. "Big Jim" was admired and respected by everyone for his generosity of time and money; the reader, however, gets a creepy vibe from the first page.
As it turns out, the personas adopted by many of the characters are only skin deep. The novel spends a great deal of time introducing characters that we are instinctively leery of even before we get the less attractive details.
Anyway, Jennifer Harris may have seen the intruder, but she is so traumatized that she can't recall any helpful details. Her older brother becomes more and more concerned about her, insisting that she receive counseling before her depression and apathy lead to self-harm.
Who could have wanted Jim Harris dead and why? In spite of the way the man has been idolized by his family and community, as information about various characters comes to light, the reader realizes that there may have been more than one person who would have liked to see Jim Harris dead.
The DSM might be handy for all of the psychiatric diagnoses covered in this book.
Mystery. 2013. 278 pages.