Sunday New York Times Book Review

The Dangers of an Ordinary Night is chosen as one of the Best Books to Give this Season!

Cover Feature at The Big Thrill

The Dangers of an Ordinary Night is a cover feature article at International Thriller Writers magazing, The Big Thrill.

Writer's Digest Feature

A conversation about addiction and the family dynamic with authors Jessica Lahey and Lynne Reeves Griffin.

Books and the World

Lynne Reeves Griffin talks with Alyssa Metcalf of Cape Cod Writers’ Center about The Dangers of an Ordinary Night.

Parent Footprint Podcast

The Dangers of an Ordinary Night: Sober Curious and the Impact of Addiction on Marriage and Parenting with Lynne Reeves Griffin

AARP Bookclub Pick

The Dangers of an Ordinary Night is an AARP book club pick.

Barnes & Noble Staff Pick

The Dangers of an Ordinary Night is a Barnes & Noble staff pick.

Guest Essay for CrimeReads

It was getting dark when I left the Boston hospital after working the day shift. I felt my bag being yanked from my shoulder before I saw that the person…

Guest Essay for Rogue Women Writers

No one’s ever accused me of writing likable characters. The protagonists of my four novels have been called, “divinely flawed; troubled; utterly deceptive.” They’ve also been called, “carefully crafted” and “wonderfully complex.”

Guest Essay for Writer Unboxed

Like all elements of craft, setting must do more than one thing at once. So my goal for writing The Dangers of an Ordinary Night was to turn up the dial on every element of craft using setting…

Book Club Cookbook

Book Club Cookbook features a book-inspired menu for The Dangers of an Ordinary Night

In Conversation with Lisa Genova

Lynne Reeves discusses The Dangers of an Ordinary Night in conversation with bestselling author Lisa Genova.

In conversation with Hank Phillipi Ryan

Lynne launches The Dangers of an Ordinary Night with bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan at Belmont Books.

Storey Time Interview

Lynne Reeves in conversation with Stephanie Storey about all things writing.

Savoy Bookshop & Café

Lynne Reeves in conversation with Jeanne Blasberg at Savoy Bookshop & Café.


A novel of domestic suspense from Lynne Reeves


A Novel

This twisty and affecting thriller combines a meticulously constructed crime story with a devastating domestic drama about the blind spots in our most precious relationships. With this novel, I wanted to explore the impact of addiction and betrayal on marriage. As a counselor working with families, I see the ripple effects of addiction on partners and children. I wanted to explore this reality through a fictional lens in hopes that the characters’ struggles will resonate with what readers may be going through in their own lives.

“...a sensitive examination of a dysfunctional family and a full-of-secrets community that claims to be seeking the truth.”

—The New York Times

“Shatteringly original, intensely suspenseful, and written with a tender eloquence that will break your heart. The talented Lynne Reeves—a master of subtext—weaves her brilliant insight into a riveting story of best intentions, unintended consequences, and devastated families.”

—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today Bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

“Both tender and tense, this novel trembles with the secrets lying under its many perfect facades. Lynne Reeves writes a thriller like no other: informed, nuanced, and forever keeping you at the edge of your seat. Grab this one!”

—Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Child Finder

The Dangers of an Ordinary Night is a riveting page turner that explores the many masks we wear. It’s a mystery, a marriage story—a great read on many levels. You won’t put it down.”

—Erica Ferencik, author of The River at Night


“In her suspenseful new novel, The Dangers of an Ordinary Night, Lynne Reeves brilliantly demonstrates that, in the theater of life, it is so often the people we’re closest to who are the most convincing actors of all. Lies, deception, a marriage in disarray, and the ruinous consequences of long kept secrets propel this novel to its tragic and startling end.”

—Elizabeth Brundage, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Vanishing Point

“In The Dangers of an Ordinary Night, Lynne Reeves pulls at your heartstrings, and she leaves you at the edge of your seat, turning the pages. In this thriller that explores the dark underpinnings of family, Reeves captures the nuance and fear we feel as we look deeply at the ones we let into our lives.”

—Elizabeth L. Silver, author of The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

“As the suspects add up, the suspense and mystery escalate until the unexpected and shocking conclusion, making this a true nail-biter.”

New York Journal of Books

…an extraordinary mystery. If Agatha Christie had lived in Boston, she would’ve written a mystery similar to this one.

—Gumshoe Review

…a three-act tragedy that peers beneath every parent’s worst nightmare…with chapter titles drawn from twenty-seven plays…Reeves’ uncommonly assured novel, by turns sensitive and scarifying, identifies an elusive target and hits it dead on.

—Kirkus Reviews

Lynne Reeves writes from the heart. Her experience as a renowned counselor informs her writing to create a gripping story of the consequences of family secrets.




Lynne Reeves Griffin is an internationally recognized family counselor, public speaker, teacher and writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in Parents, Psychology Today, Solstice Literary Magazine, Chautauqua Journal, Craft Literary, Fiction Writers Review, Brain, Child and more.

Lynne regularly appears as a media guest expert to discuss contemporary family life and preventive mental health. Check out her appearances on WBUR’s Morning Edition and WCVB’s Chronicle.

Writing as Lynne Griffin, she is the author of the family-focused novels, Life Without Summer (St. Martin’s Press), Sea Escape (Simon & Schuster), and Girl Sent Away (SixOneSeven Books).

She writes novels of domestic suspense as Lynne Reeves, with The Dangers of an Ordinary Night to be published by Crooked Lane Books in November 2021.



Lynne provides coaching on fiction and nonfiction book projects. She can also assess and provide a thorough manuscript read, developmental edit, and coaching feedback to help you take your fiction and nonfiction writing to the next level. Her clients have gone on to publish their work in all kinds of publishing venues.



Lynne Reeves Griffin RN, MEd has over thirty years experience as a registered nurse, school & family counselor, and differentiated-learning specialist. She is available for individual parent coaching, education consultation, as well as for parent and professional development programs.

Lynne's Other Books

General Fiction

"In Girl Sent Away, Lynne Griffin takes on a topic that's rarely discussed but which richly deserves our attention: the fear-based teenage boot camps that serve as a dark undercurrent to our domestic culture.

A terrific and terrifying story, and one that should be told. Brava to Griffin for having the courage to do so." --Roxana Robinson, author of Cost and Sparta

General Fiction

Acclaimed novelist and nationally recognized family expert Lynne Griffin returns with Sea Escape--an emotional, beautifully imagined story inspired by the author's family letters about the ties that bind mothers and daughters.

Entertainment Weekly says, "Sea Escape is a multigenerational family story that will pluck the heartstrings."

General Fiction

Life Without Summer tells the story of Tessa, a mother who has lost her four-year-old daughter in a hit-and-run accident and the grief counselor, Celia, who tries to help her to put her life back together. When their lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, each woman's intensely personal journey reverberates with universal themes about the connections between love, truth, and forgiveness.

Negotiation Generation Book Cover

Nonfiction | Parenting

 Nationally recognized behavior management expert Lynne Reeves Griffin RN, MEd offers a proactive plan with tools to reclaim parental authority, establish boundaries, tactics for ceasing negotiation or reliance on rewards and punishments. Based on the specific ages and temperaments of children. Featuring anecdotes from more than 20 years of parental consulting, the author reveals the real struggles parents face in raising today's children.

December 7, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT | Barbara's Bookstore • Chicago, IL

Lynne will be in conversation with Sylvie Perry, author of The Hawthorne School about her new novel The Dangers of an Ordinary Night. Event is virtual and begins at 7 pm EST.

December 9, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT • Concord Public Library • Concord, MA

Lynne will be in conversation with writer Lara Wilson about her new novel The Dangers of an Ordinary Night.