Junkie burnout Troy Ingram murders an elderly couple outside small-town Morrison, Illinois. He’s supposed to make it look like a robbery, but there’s so much blood he panics and flees. When he’s caught by police, he falls back on Plan B: tell everyone who will listen his motive was revenge on the Durrell family.
See, twenty years ago, Kelly Durrell broke his heart and ruined his life.
When Kelly returns to Morrison for the funerals, leaving her life in Boulder still packed in boxes and her relationship with detective Cash Peterson in its infancy, local gossip is quick to reach her. Troy’s story doesn’t make sense, but everyone in town seems happy to blame Kelly.
She can’t even turn to her family for consolation: she and her mother get in an argument every time they talk, her dad doesn’t want to make waves, and her cousins are too busy fighting over their inheritance to care about anything else.
But Troy’s lawyer, Lizzy D’Angelo, is sure someone forced Troy to commit the murders, and that Kelly is the key to finding out who. With Lizzy’s help, Kelly starts digging. Soon she discovers just how many secrets a small town can hide.
Can Kelly shine a light in her hometown’s dark corners without getting herself and her family killed?
Hometown Boys is a smart, tension-filled thriller that will keep you riveted until the surprising, satisfying end.
Lu Jakes lives in a trailer in the Utah mountains with her neglectful father and abusive stepmother. She survives by keeping to herself and not fighting back.
She can also see daemons. Strange, terrifying, beautiful daemons, led by the incandescent Talion. Though they sometimes tempt her to do things like kill her stepmother, the special bond she shares with Talion makes her sure the daemons are on her side.
Things are finally looking up for Lu when she makes a new friend: lovely, confident Lisa Duncan, visiting for the summer.
But a sadistic killer has stalked Lisa from Illinois, and he quickly decides to take Lu as well. He will torture and violate them until he is all that exists, until they are utterly his.
In a bloody battle for her very soul, Lu must find the strength to save herself and her friend.
Can she count on the daemons for help, or does Talion have darker plans?
Talion contains graphic violence and harsh language.
As a teenager, Lu Darlington attracted national attention when she and her friend Lisa escaped a sadistic killer known as the Professor of Death. She never told anyone about the daemon who saved her life that day.
Ten years later, Lisa shows up at Lu's door, fleeing another psychopath stalker. But Lisa's not the only one seeking Lu after all this time. One by one, the daemons descend:
Voracious Chama. Sinister Black Claw. Beautiful Talion.
Chama wants Lu, but Talion claims her. The women of Lu's family have always belonged to Talion—and they've suffered deeply for it.
As the human threat draws closer, Talion demands that Lu bind herself to him in a harrowing ceremony that will destroy an innocent man and change her forever—but might save Lisa's life.
Can she navigate the violent intrigues of the daemon world without being consumed by its terrible demands?
Daemon Seer contains scenes of rape.
What would you do if your best friend disappeared?
Talented but unstable photographer Day Randall has been living rent-free in Kelly Durrell's Colorado condo for eight months. Day needs someone to keep an eye on her. Kelly needs someone to draw her out of her stable but not spectacular life. The arrangement works for both of them.
Then Kelly comes home one day to find Day gone. There's no note, no phone call. Day's car is still parked out front, but her room is starkly, suspiciously spotless.
No one seems to care. The police certainly aren't interested in a missing bipolar artist, but Kelly knows something is wrong. Day wouldn't just leave.
Alone, Kelly traces Day's last steps through shadowy back rooms of Boulder nightclubs and to a remote mountain estate, where the wealthy protect themselves behind electric fences and armed guards. Along the way, she uncovers a sinister underworld lying just below the mountain snow, and a group of powerful people who will do anything to protect the secrets hidden in Day's enigmatic photographs.
If she trusts the wrong person, Kelly herself will be the next to disappear.
If you like suspenseful thrillers with unexpected plot twists, a strong sense of place, and characters that one describes as "so well-drawn you'd swear they were relatives," you'll love Mary Maddox's dark, compelling novel.
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