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Your go-to summer read. . . . Really fun and will keep you hooked."
–Emily Henry, bestselling author of Beach Read
"This book is exhilaratingly well-written. I loved it so much that I didn't want it to end." –Emily St. John Mandel, bestselling author of Station Eleven
"Pek's engrossing debut novel gives us a thoroughly modern twist on classic detective fiction."
–Editors' Choice, The New York Times Book Review
"I loved this book. I'm a huge fan of Veronica Mars, and I was a big Nancy Drew fan as a kid, and it really scratched that same itch."
–Natalie Escobar, NPR's "Weekend Edition"
"A commentary on love in the time of iPhones, a thrilling ride to discover what was really going on with the client that disappeared, and a look at one family making their way through all types of distance."
–Zibby Owens, Good Morning America
"Clever, dryly funny. . . . This is a fascinating, carefully layered mystery novel as well as a love letter to New York City and complicated families." –Grace D. Li, The Washington Post, "8 Thrillers and Mysteries to Read This Summer"
"[Claudia] serves as the perfect guide as she finds herself drawn into a missing persons case that takes place both online and in real life."–Kevin Wilson, TODAY
"Jane Pek's The Verifiers
kept me up reading until 1 a.m. last night."
–Rachel Nussbaum, InStyle
"Exhilarating. . . . Pek's plot centers on the potential for evil in the 'matching industry, ' but it's the keen, sprightly, incidentally lesbian heroine and her complex Chinese immigrant family you can't get enough of."
–Richard Lipez, The Washington Post
"[A] funny and touching modern detective story."
–Keely Weiss, Harper's Bazaar, "The Best, Buzziest New Books of 2022"
"This astute, page-turning debut sheds light on the necessities and limitations of interpersonal interaction, the role technology plays in its evolution (and de-evolution), and what it means to be human and looking for love in the 21st century." –Dahlia Adler, BuzzFeed
"A mystery of the classic gumshoe kind. . . . It's also a wonderful look at family dynamics. . . . Both mystery and family combine nicely for a satisfying story." –Liberty Hardy, Book Riot
"Through Claudia's perceptive and entertaining narration, The Verifiers
underscores the pitfalls and absurdities of modern technology. The novel is also an intimate portrait of a young, queer Chinese American person forging her own path."
–Poets & Writers
"Claudia is single, gutsy (she's a cyclist in New York), and a really funny narrator of this wonderfully entertaining mystery."
–Carole E. Barrowman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
is as delightful as it is insightful. . . . Pek poses deep and thoughtful questions about romance, privacy, family, data, corporate greed and big tech. . . . The Verifiers
is sure to leave readers looking for more from this new voice in the genre. . . . A perfectly paced whodunit." –Kerry McHugh, Shelf Awareness
"Pek's first novel is a whip-smart and super charming techno thriller that feels at once contemporary and classic."–Michelle Hart, Electric Lit, "The Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Books of 2022"
"Pek's book is funny in a sly way and smart in the way it explores the intersection between identity and technology."
–Lisa Levy, CrimeReads, "5 Psychological Thrillers You Should Read This February"
"I was so taken in by [Pek's] descriptive language and lush, immersive imagery. . . . She's adept at crafting the rich inner world of her characters."–Vanessa Willoughby, Literary Hub, "Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2022"
"A twisty and smart mystery about online dating algorithms layered with a poignant tale about second-generation Asian American identity." –Emily Burack, Alma, "Alma's Favorite Books for Winter 2022"
"Claudia's wit [is] a great source of humor throughout the book. . . . This is an all-around interesting mystery that doesn't sacrifice characterization for plot." –Erica Ezeifedi, Book Riot
"That rare combination of technothriller and traditional mystery. . . . When Claudia's client vanishes, she goes down an ugly rabbithole into the nature of truth, and the truth of corporate malfeasance." –Molly Odintz, CrimeReads, "The Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2022"
"A can't-miss debut mystery."
–Sabienna Bowman, PopSugar
is a really terrific debut novel that melds a borderline techno thriller mystery with a contemporary comedy of manners. The depiction of Claudia's own complicated personal life . . . makes for really absorbing–and to me, relatable–reading. Claudia is smart, funny, self-aware, and loves a good mystery as much as I do. . . . Claudia is such a great, fresh detective protagonist, and I'm very eager to read more of her ongoing adventures."
–Doreen Sheridan, Criminal Element
"A clever and thought-provoking mystery laced with wit and insights about technology and relationships, who we are and who we pretend to be. Smart, twisty fun." –Charles Yu, National Book Award-winning author of Interior Chinatown
"Suspenseful and hilarious, The Verifiers
builds on the tropes of the whodunnit to bring us something entirely new. In quick-witted gumshoe Claudia Lin, Pek has created an irresistible heroine who must untangle her own family drama even as she investigates the malfeasance of warring online-dating platforms. This novel is a genre-defying joy!"–Anna North, New York Times bestselling author of Outlawed
is both witty and profound, at once a propulsive read and a meditation on our moment. Jane Pek delivers an intricate murder mystery, a portrait of fraught family dynamics, and an interrogation of algorithmic matchmaking. Claudia Lin is a memorable and magnetic protagonist, and this debut is riveting, a twinkle in its eye even as it takes on deep questions about how technology enhances and intrudes on our lives." –Helen Phillips, author of The Need
"Pek's thoughtful, well-constructed debut introduces irrepressible Claudia Lin. . . . This nuanced novel will leave readers eagerly awaiting Pek's next book."
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A cool, cerebral, and very funny novel. . . . Claudia is the seductive protagonist in a tale that delves into the dark heart of contemporary technology, not to mention the foibles of the human heart. With an inquisitive, clever, and curious narrator, this adventurous mystery is both scary and hilarious."–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)