Gideon: A Novel

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A modern tale of witchcraft and dark suspense, readers who love the thrills of Preston & Child, the sexiness of Kim Harrison, the modern magic of Lev Grossman, and the styling of Deborah Harkness and J.D. Horn will be drawn into Alex Gordon's edge-of-your-seat, debut supernatural thriller.

When Lauren’s father dies, she makes a shocking discovery. The man she knew as John Reardon was once a completely different person, with a different name. Now, she’s determined to find out who he really was, even though her only clues are an old photograph, some letters, and the name of a town—Gideon.

But someone—or something—doesn’t want her to discover the truth. A strange man is stalking her, appearing everywhere she turns, and those who try to help her end up dead. Neither a shadowy enemy nor her own fear are going to prevent her from solving the mystery of her father—and unlocking the secrets of her own life.

Making her way to Gideon, Lauren finds herself more confused than ever. Nothing in this small Midwestern town is what it seems, including time itself. Residents start going missing, and Lauren is threatened by almost every townsperson she encounters. Two hundred years ago, a witch was burned at the stake, but in Gideon, the past feels all too chillingly present . . .

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About the author

Alex Gordon resides in the Midwest. When she isn’t working, she enjoys watching sports and old movies, running, and playing with her dogs. She dreams of someday adding the Pacific Northwest to the list of regions where she has lived. She is the author of Gideon.

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Publisher
Harper Collins
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Published on
Jan 6, 2015
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Pages
432
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ISBN
9780062091765
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Fiction / Horror
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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