Within These Walls
With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed up crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback. So when he's promised exclusive access to notorious cult leader and death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Lucas leaves New York for the scene of the crime-a split-level farmhouse on the gray-sanded beach of Washington State-a house whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb's diviners; runaways who, thirty years prior, were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. Lucas wants to tell the real story of Halcomb's faithful departed, but when Halcomb goes back on his promise of granting Lucas exclusive information on the case, he's left to put the story together on his own. Except he is not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life...and within these walls, they're far from dead.
- Paperback | 464 pages
- 132.08 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 317.51g
- 23 Apr 2015
- SIMON & SCHUSTER
- New York, NY, United States
"Ever-mounting terror and a foreboding setting make for pure storytelling alchemy....Ania Ahlborn goes for the gut with surprise twists that will stay with you for days. Not a book, or an author, that you'll soon forget." -- Vicki Pettersson, New York Times bestselling author "Ania Ahlborn is a great storyteller who spins an atmosphere of dread literally from the first page, increasing the mental pressure all the way through to the terrifying, chilling ending." -- Jeff Somers, acclaimed author of The Electric Church and We Are Not Good People "A monstrous Russian nesting doll of a book, holding secrets within secrets; the plot barrels headlong towards one of the most shocking climaxes you're ever likely to read. This one's going to wreck you." -- Nick Cutter, national bestselling author of The Troop and The Deep "Cruel, bone-chilling, and destined to become a classic, Within These Walls is worth the sleep it will cost you. Some of the most promising horror I've encountered in years." -- Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author "Terrifyingly sad....Within These Walls creeps under your skin, and stays there. It's insidious....The book's atmosphere is distinctly damp, clammy, overcast, and it isn't all the Washington weather: its characters' souls are gray, dimmed by failure. Ahlborn is awfully good on the insecurities that plague both aging writers...and oversensitive young girls...which leave them vulnerable to those who...know how to get into their heads. So grim." * The New York Times Book Review *
About Ania Ahlborn
Born in Ciechanow, Poland, Ania Ahlborn is also the author of the horror thrillers Seed, The Neighbors, The Shuddering, and The Bird Eater. When she isn't writing, she enjoys exploring the darkest depths of the human (and sometimes inhuman) condition.