Join us for a virtual reading with Sharon Doering, author of She Lies Close, in conversation with Vanessa Lillie, Wendy Walker and Jen Pashley on Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 PM CST.
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She is still missing.
Five-year-old Ava Boone vanished without a trace six months ago. No witnesses, no sightings or arrests. But Grace Wright just moved in next door to the only suspect the case had: quiet, middle-aged Leland Ernest.
Recently divorced, Grace uprooted her two small children to start again and hopes the move will reset her crippling insomnia. With whispered neighborhood gossip and increasingly sleepless nights, Grace develops a ﬁerce obsession with Leland and the safety of her children. Could she really be living next door to a child-kidnapper? A murderer?
With reality and dream blurring more each day, Grace desperately pursues the truth – following Ava’s family, demanding answers from the police – and then a body is discovered…
"She Lies Close is an explosive, darkly comedic thriller…Scrupulously plotted with one of the most memorable protagonists I've read…A live wire of a debut." —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.
Suspected of a murder she can't remember, a troubled woman takes an unusual approach to proving her innocence in this gripping thriller from the bestselling author of Little Voices.
When Jules Worthington-Smith's wallet is found next to a dead man, she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. After struggling for years to build the perfect family and career, she's dangerously close to losing everything.
Sure of her innocence, Jules is desperate to clear her name. But there's one big problem: she was blackout drunk when the murder took place and can't remember what happened.
Unsatisfied with the police's handling of the case, Jules embarks on her own gin-fueled murder investigation. As she uncovers fresh clues, she starts a true-crime vlog that becomes a viral sensation, pushing her into the public eye. It's not long before the ordeal forces Jules to confront her demons, including her turbulent childhood and excessive drinking.
The deeper Jules digs, the more dirt she uncovers about the murder and herself. Unexpected truths pile up until she's buried so deep even finding the killer might not be enough to set her free.
"Lillie follows up her smashing debut Little Voices with another winner, this time exploring just how far a person will go to keep old secrets buried. For the Best is dark and gritty, starring a host of damaged characters who blur the line between what's true and what's not. A slow-burn, moody mystery that will keep you on your toes." --Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife
In Wendy Walker's thrilling novel Don't Look for Me, the greatest risk isn't running away. It's running out of time.
One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.
She doesn't want to be found.
Or at least, that's the story.
The car abandoned miles from home.
The note found at a nearby hotel.
The shattered family that couldn't be put back together.
They called it a "walk away."
It happens all the time.
Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.
But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?
"A NAILBITER . . . SO MUCH MORE THAN A TWISTY THRILLER. It's a heartbreaking portrait of a family coping with grief and an insightful study of guilt and blame, gaslighting and agency. If you love fast-paced page-turners with relatable, flawed characters, look no further!"
--Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek
From the award-winning author of The Scamp, Jennifer Pashley is back with a searing literary noir about what it means to live on the margins of society and what happens when no one is watching...
Pearl Jenkins is a nobody. She was a woman who lived as a hermit in the woods. One day, she's nowhere to be found, and all that's left behind is a pool of blood and a child no one knew existed, raised completely off the grid and in the grip of Pearl's manic paranoia.
Kateri Fisher is used to being an outsider. Now, she's the only female detective in the tiny upstate New York town of Spring Falls, where everyone knows everyone, but no one will talk. It's fitting that she takes the case that no one else wants. But as Kateri struggles to navigate the harsh rules of a new town while trying to learn the truth about the Jenkins family, only one thing becomes clear: neither she nor Pearl are as invisible as she first thought. Someone's always watching.
" The Watcher is a taut literary thriller about desperation, desire, and what people are capable of when they've got nothing left to lose. Pashley's masterful prose makes your heart ache and your pulse pound for every single character populating this chilly, unforgiving--and unforgettable--world."
--Layne Fargo, author of Temper
Sharon Doering lives in the Chicago area with her husband, their three kids, and an unusually civilized dog, Indy. In her other life, she was a science professor, a biotech stock analyst, and a xenotransplantation researcher. She has also been a good waitress, a mediocre bartender, and a terrible maid. Sharon is a lover of coffee and absurdity, and she loves connecting with other book-lovers on Instagram. She Lies Close is her debut thriller.
Vanessa Lillie is originally from Miami, Oklahoma, where she spent a lot of time investigating local ghost stories at the public library. After college, she worked in Washington, DC, until moving to Providence, Rhode Island, which she calls home with her husband and dinosaur-aficionado son
Wendy Walker is the bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten, Emma In the Night, The Night Before, and Don’t Look for Me. She has sold rights to her books in twenty-three languages as well as film and television options, and they have been featured on The Today Show and The Reese Witherspoon Book Club. Wendy is currently finishing her fifth thriller and managing a busy household in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she lives with her family.
Jennifer Pashley's stories have appeared in Mississippi Review, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, Los Angeles Review and others. She has been awarded the MR Prize for Fiction, the Red Hen Prize for Fiction, and the Carve Magazine Esoteric Award for LGBT writing. She is the author of the novels The Watcher (Crooked Lane Books, 2020); The Scamp (Tin House Books, 2015); and the short story collections The Conjurer (Standing Stone Books 2013); and States (Lewis-Clark Press 2007)