Girl in the Dark: A Novel

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An award-winning, internationally bestselling author makes her American debut with this taut, riveting domestic drama with the compulsive intensity of The Good Girl, The Pocket Wife, and The Stranger, about a long-lost brother convicted of a horrifying crime and a sister’s fight to clear his name.

A single mother and lawyer, Iris has a colorful caseload, a young son with behavior issues, and a judgmental mother.

She also has a brother—shocking news she uncovers by accident. Why did her mother lie to her for her entire life? Why did she hide the existence of Ray Boelens from her?

Curious about this sibling she has never known, Iris begins to search for long-buried truths. What she discovers surprises—and horrifies—her. Her older brother is autistic—and in prison for brutally murdering his neighbor and her daughter.

Visiting Ray, she meets a man who looks heartbreakingly like her own son. A man who is devoted to his tropical fish and who loves baking bread. A man whose naiveté unnerves her. There is no question that Ray is odd and obsessive, unable to communicate like the rest of us. But is he really a killer?

Told in the alternative voices of Ray and Iris, Girl in the Dark is a compulsive, page-turning thriller about lies, murder, and the tenacity of a family determined to stay together even as they are pulled apart at the most vulnerable seams.

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About the author

Marion Pauw is a thriller writer living in Amsterdam. In the Netherlands, Girl in the Dark won the Golden Noose Award—the annual award for the best Dutch crime novel—under the title Daglicht (Daylight), and has sold more than 200,000 copies in Europe. It was also made into an acclaimed Dutch film. Girl in the Dark is Pauw’s American debut. 

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Feb 16, 2016
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

“A hair-raising debut, both unsettling and addictive...A chilling thriller that will keep you reading long into the night.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl

“This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)

"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

“The sense of believably and terror that engulfs Behind Closed Doors doesn't waver.” —The Associated Press, picked up by The Washington Post

“This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

Wenn Familiengeheimnisse tödlich sind

Wem soll man vertrauen? Beweisen oder seiner Intuition? Darüber hat die Bestsellerautorin einen subtil-spannenden Roman um unsägliche Schuld und verletzte Unschuld geschrieben, der bis zur letzten Seite mit dem Leser spielt. Ray – ein Monster? Der junge Mann soll immer wieder auf seine Nachbarin und deren Tochter eingestochen haben. Alles war voll Blut. Iris arbeitet als Rechtsanwältin in Amsterdam. Die Alleinerziehende ist entsetzt, als sie herausfindet, dass die Mutter ihr einen Bruder verschwiegen hat. Er ist ein Mörder. Als sie Ray im Knast besucht, steht für sie fest: Ihr Bruder ist kein Monster. Doch alles spricht gegen ihn.

Ray ist ein Monster. Der junge Mann hat immer wieder auf seine Nachbarin und deren Tochter eingestochen. Alles war voll Blut. Und da war auch Asche: die der Zigarette, die er nach der Tat offenbar genüsslich rauchte und dann auf dem Körper des kleinen Mädchens ausdrückte. Nun sitzt Ray wohl für immer im Knast. Iris, alleinerziehende Mutter und Rechtsanwältin in Amsterdam, ist entsetzt, als sie herausfindet, dass ihre Mutter ihr verschwiegen hat, dass sie einen Bruder hat – der ein Mörder ist. Als sie Ray besucht, steht für sie fest: Ihr Bruder ist kein Monster. Doch alles spricht gegen ihn. Iris macht sich auf die Suche nach den wahren Hintergründen und kommt einem tödlichen Familiengeheimnis auf die Spur.

Aus zwei Perspektiven – der von Iris und Ray – erzählt Marion Pauw einen psychologisch raffiniert konstruierten Roman um unsägliche Schuld und verletzte Unschuld.

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