Whisper Down the Lane : A Novel
Darkly compelling, deeply discomfiting, and achingly human. . . . Prepare to surrender some sleep for this twisting tale of family, memory, identity, and the weight of old sins. Shaun Hamill, author of A Cosmology of Monsters. Inspired by the McMartin preschool trials and the Satanic Panic of the 80s, the critically acclaimed author of The Remaking delivers another pulse pounding, true-crime-based horror novel. Richard doesn t have a past. For him, there is only the present: a new marriage to Tamara, a first chance at fatherhood to her son Elijah, and a quiet but pleasant life as an art teacher at Elijah s elementary school in Danvers, Virginia. Then the body of a rabbit, ritualistically murdered, appears on the school grounds with a birthday card for Richard tucked beneath it. Richard doesn t have a birthday but Sean does . . . Sean is a five-year-old boy who has just moved to Greenfield, Virginia, with his mother. Like most mothers of the 1980s, she s worried about bills, childcare, putting food on the table . . . and an encroaching threat to American life that can take the face of anyone: a politician, a friendly neighbor, or even a teacher. When Sean s school sends a letter to the parents revealing that Sean s favorite teacher is under investigation, a white lie from Sean lights a fire that engulfs the entire nation and Sean and his mother are left holding the match. Now, thirty years later, someone is here to remind Richard that they remember what Sean did. And though Sean doesn t exist anymore, someone needs to pay the price for his lies.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 152 x 229 x 22mm | 285g
- 06 Apr 2021
- Quirk Books
- Philadelphia, United States
- International edition
[A] spellbinding psychological thriller...a suspenseful tale of paranoia that will keep readers riveted until the last surprise is sprung. Publishers Weekly, starred review
About Clay McLeod Chapman
Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show and the author of rest area, nothing untoward, and the Tribe trilogy. He is the co-author of the middle grade novel Wendell and Wild, with Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick. In the world of comics, Chapman s work includes Lazaretto, Iron Fist: Phantom Limb, and Edge of Spiderverse, among others. He also writes for the screen, including The Boy (SXSW 2015), Henley (Sundance 2012), and late bloomer (Sundance 2005).