When seventeen-year-old honor student Sara Ann Riley mysteriously vanishes from the driveway of her Cocoa Beach, Florida, home, her family is devastated. Sara Anns parents, Adam and Valerie, are hopeful that shell return home alive. But days later, Sara Anns nude body is discovered; the killer has carved the initials CXJ into her forehead.
The terror for this small town escalates when the killer abducts and kills Tami Breckenridge. The details of both Sara Anns and Tamis murders resemble that of a case from twelve years ago when a Magee, Mississippi, teenager was found strangled in 1989 with the same initials inscribed on her forehead. With few clues available, local authorities call on the FBI for assistance to track down this serial killer before he takes another young life.
For the Riley family, the horror doesnt end. The killer calls their home and torments them. Adam and Valerie fear for the safety of their other daughter, Dawn. As a father, Adam vows to protect his family and his only surviving daughter.
Donna Straight and her little daughter, Lisa, finally escape Donna's violent husband. They are on the run for 3 years before Sam Straight finds them. He sends his daughter a package for her third birthday. Donna, heart in her throat pulls the string on the package and the whole apartment explodes in flames.
We go back to when the very young Donna is fleeing from home to start her freshman year at college. For the first time, Donna has real friends that love her. Her teacher, Sam Straight, saw the naive Donna and sets out to make her his conquest.. Donna, not used to the special attention, fell for Sam, the tender and doting lover that he pretended to be. After the wedding vows are taken, Sam sweeps Donna away to an undisclosed location for their honeymoon before she could even say good-bye to anyone. Little did Donna know what horrors and loneliness awaited her
Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back...
Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.
Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.
"An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy."
The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....