David Bell is an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American Literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. Twice nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, David Bell is the author of Never Come Back, The Hiding Place, and Cemetery Girl.
The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door
and it’s his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favorshe asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town.
But Hayden never returns.
And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason’s past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s lifeand possible deathdeepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has ever had about families, about the awful truths that bind them and the secrets that should be taken to the grave.
Praise for David Bell and his Novels
“My favorite kind of story because it takes the familiar and darkens it.… A fast, mean head trip of a thriller that reads like a collaboration between Michael Connelly and the gothic fiction of Joyce Carol Oates, Cemetery Girl is one of those novels that you cannot shake after it’s over. A winner on every level.”—Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of Obedience
“More than just an utterly compelling thriller….Bell’s stellar novel is also a haunting meditation on the ties that bind parent to child, husband to wife, brother to brother—and what survives even under the most shattering possible circumstance. An absolutely riveting, absorbing read not to be missed.”—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Heartbroken
“David Bell [has] established himself as one of the brightest and best crime fiction writers of our time…a definite page-turner….Bell, once again, has written an incredible, unique thriller that will have you hooked!”—Suspense Magazine
“Grabbed me by the throat on page one and never let up. An intense, unrelenting powerhouse of a book, and the work of a master.”—John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Hunter
“A smasher. It twists and turns and never lets go, and...it could happen just this way.”—Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean
“A smart, tense, creepy take on the story of a missing daughter.”— Brock Clarke, author of Exley
“Psychologically twisted...Bell stakes his claim as a writer to watch.…Consider me a fan.”—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Extinction Machine
“A tense and terrifying journey that brims with emotional authenticity. Bell manages not only to build suspense effectively but also tell a story that goes way beyond simple thrills.”—Booklist
“Suspenseful [and] disquieting.”—Publishers Weekly