THE MARRIAGE PORTRAIT by Maggie O’Farrell, Knopf, 339 pages, $28

The Marriage Portrait drops us into the panicked mind of a teenage girl who knows her husband is plotting to kill her. In a few months, she’ll be dead.

That certainty must have been alarming for the girl, but it’s an ongoing challenge for the author. Where, after all, is the suspense in a doomed life?

In Maggie O'Farrell's 'The Marriage Portrait,' matrimony leads to death

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