In Emma Flint’s compelling new crime novel,Little Deaths, Rose Malone is a complicated woman. A cocktail waitress and single mother of two, she likes booze and men and flashy clothes and lots of makeup. This makes her unpopular with the dowdy and narrow-minded mothers in her Queens neighborhood; when her two young children go missing, and are later found dead, it makes her the perfect suspect. The cops are immediately convinced of her guilt, and when she is caught in a few trivial lies and inconsistencies, the trap tightens. Little Deaths is hard to put down, and its quietly stunning climax makes it a powerful read.