Darkness Peering

Darkness Peering

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Winner of the prestigious Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, Alice Blanchard makes her electrifying debut as a novelist with this gripping tale of suspense that dares to stare unblinkingly into the darkest recesses of the human heart.

The dead girl lay faceup on the edge of the pond, a snake coiled in the muddy hollow of one arm. For Police Chief Nalen Storrow, it was a shocking reminder of the violence he thought he'd left behind when he moved his wife and children to Flowering Dogwood, Maine, a town where no one locks their doors. And now Storrow's search for the truth leads to a chilling possibility...the murderer might be his own son, Billy.

Eighteen years later the murder of the girl in the pond has never been solved. Now a different cop is obsessed with the case--Rachel Storrow, Billy's grown sister. But no sooner does Rachel reopen the investigation than another young woman disappears. Once again Billy is a suspect, though far from the only suspect in town. The harder Rachel peers behind Flowering Dogwood's picture-perfect facade--at the center of which is the respected Winfield School for the Blind and Special Needs--the more the mystery deepens.

A cunning psychopath is moving undetected through Rachel's hometown, taking her on a journey of suspicion, doubt, and bone-deep fear. Plunged into a world where darkness follows even the innocent, Rachel must unearth secrets that span decades and face a staggering personal truth.

Darkness Peering is more than a harrowing suspense novel of the first rank. It is a powerful portrait of a woman who, like her father, must walk the tightrope between honor and justice, and in doing so tests her own humanity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 340 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 612.35g
  • Bantam
  • United States
  • English
  • 0553111531
  • 9780553111538

About Alice Blanchard

Alice Blanchard won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction for her book of stories, The Stuntman's Daughter. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.
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"Darkness Peering is a novel of uncommon complexity, grace, and power. A very impressive debut."
--Jonathan Kellerman

"Darkness Peering has it all-a frightening premise, fully developed characters, and excellent pacing. Alice Blanchard takes her place among the best suspense writers at work today."
--Michael Palmer

"In her gripping novel, Blanchard deftly folds the reader into a tautly orchestrated story that twists and turns with knife-edged precision toward a bloodcurdling and shocking conclusion. Her characters are brimming with life, her writing is beautiful, and her local color is splendid. Darkness Peering raises the suspense genre to a new novel."
--Alan M. Dershowitz

"Darkness Peering is a creepy and intense thriller. Its superb twists shocked me more than once."
--Phillip Margolin
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