Anna was born in Montreal and now lives inToronto, where she has too many cats. She's been areporter, a college lecturer, and a horticultural advisor,as well as other things she's forgotten.She was a semi-finalist for the Katherine PatersonPrize for Young Adult Literature, as well as forCanada's Arthur Ellis Award (Unhanged Arthurcategory).She reads obscure fiction in English and French,and doesn't know why Quebec isn't more often a miseen scène for romantic suspense. After the Winter is herfirst published novel.https://www.facebook.com/anna.dowdallhttps://www.annadowdall.com
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at video game store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.
The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, helplessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.
But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.