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Penny Conley is still recovering from the untimely death of her husband. But she and her five-year-old daughter, Willow, seem to be thriving in their West Virginia suburb. Penny works for esteemed archeologist Simon Van Etton, who is like family to her -- even Simon's great niece, Diana, has become one of Penny's closest friends. So when a distraught Penny calls Diana late one night, Diana is the one who comes running. But just as Diana arrives, the house explodes, leaving Penny in a coma. As Diana and Simon try to figure out what happened -- and why -- two shocking discoveries are made: First, investigators find a bomb in Penny's basement. Then, new facts about Penny's dark past come to light. Determined to find the truth about her friend, Diana keeps digging for clues. But someone is following her every move -- and is willing to kill to make sure that Penny's secrets stay dead and buried.
Marissa Gray's world was shattered when her best friend, Gretchen, was brutally murdered. Marissa tried to convince the authorities that Dillon Archer was the killer. But her eyewitness statement wasn't enough and Dillon disappeared. Now a successful journalist, Marissa has returned to her hometown of Aurora Falls, finally feeling the past is safe behind her. Until a terrifying hooded figure causes Marissa's car to swerve off a snow-slick road, nearly killing her. Once again, no one wants to believe Marissa's story. But then old friends of Gretchen's start turning up dead. As Marissa desperately races to uncover Aurora Falls's secret history, someone is two steps ahead, concealed in every taunting clue, and waiting to silence the last inconvenient witness forever.
Catherine Gray has returned to her hometown of Aurora Falls. Her first love James has recently divorced, and so they can finally build a life together. But then Catherine stumbles upon the murdered body of James first wife Renee, who has been missing for the past three years. Catherine starts to ask herself how well she really knows James. What secret destroyed his marriage - and who killed his wife? When a mysterious fire destroys the crime scene, Catherine starts looking for answers. But when the next victim is revealed, it becomes terrifyingly clear that an obsessed killer is on the loose, and Catherine is next in line . . .
Brooke Yeager's childhood ended the night she crept downstairs to find her mother lying in a pool of blood. Standing over Anne's shattered body, a gun aimed right at the terrified little girl, was Brooke's stepfather, Zachary Tavell. Luck saved Brooke that night, and in the years since, she's managed to build a good life in Charleston, West Virginia, secure in the knowledge that Zach is behind bars. Until the night another woman is murdered - a woman who looked just like Brooke- and the news reaches Brooke that Zach Tavell has escaped from prison. As the police search for Tavell, Brooke is shaken by a string of gruesome deaths and disturbing messages linked to her mother's murder. Everyone she has ever cared about is in danger. And soon it's clear that the nightmare that began fifteen years ago won't be over until Brooke comes face to face with a monstrous evil that's closer, and more cunning, than she ever imagined.
Chyna Greer was sixteen when her best friend, Zoey, disappeared: one evening Zoey snuck out to the lake to meet her secret crush, and was swallowed up forever into the warm summer night. Chyna has recently returned to her hometown to bury her mother, and is confronted with memories of Zoey at every turn. As Chyna delves into the town's past, she learns that two other teenagers also went missing. Soon Chyna's search for answers becomes a desperate race to uncover a chilling secret that strikes at the heart of everything she holds dear, and reveal the remorseless evil that has been hiding in plain sight.
A gripping thriller for fans of Mary Higgins Clark, Lisa Gardner and Karen Rose Her parents were murdered. The killer confessed. The case was closed. But the nightmare is beginning again . . . Eight years ago Teresa Farr walked in on the savage murders of her father and stepmother. She barely managed to save herself and her eight-year-old stepsister, Celeste. But even after notorious serial killer Roscoe Lee Byrnes confessed, people still wondered if Teri was the guilty one. And with Celeste unable to remember that night, or to speak at all, those suspicions never went away. Now Byrnes has recanted his confession. And Celeste is starting to remember. When someone starts using a series of bizarre events to exact terrifying justice , Teri is desperate to uncover the truth, and quickly. But Teri has begun to realise that everyone she loves has secrets they would kill to keep buried. And an evil hitherto concealed is now reaching out to silence her and Celeste forever.
Three years ago, Christine Ireland's beautiful and vivacious sister disappeared. Dara left a note saying she had run away, but when a body is discovered in the small town of Winston, West Virginia, Christine suspects it might be Dara. But if the body does belong to Dara, then who is it who's been sending her father letters, each one with a different postmark and signed with the letter D? Then Christine finds her sister's diary. It quickly becomes clear that, in the weeks leading up to her disappearance, Dara believed she was being stalked. Christine soon feels like she, too, is being watched. Will she share her sister's fate, or did Dara really manage to escape?
Ten years ago, teenage clairvoyant Rebecca Ryan helped the local police solve a number of high-profile cases. But when her younger brother Jonnie was kidnapped and later found murdered, Rebecca was mysteriously unable to provide any information. After making a fresh start in New Orleans, Rebecca thinks she's finally come to terms with what happened. But when she hears that her cousin's son has been kidnapped, and that he was the same age as Jonnie, Rebecca is determined to use her second sight to help him, despite the pain it causes her. Back in her hometown, it's clear that many of Rebecca's old 'friends' and neighbours, and even some members of her own family, have never forgiven her for failing to help Jonnie all those years ago. And someone is determined to ensure that the Ryan family will once again pay a deadly ransom.
Along the banks of the Ohio River, the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, has been the home of quiet pleasures and safety for Adrienne Reynolds and her fourteen-year-old daughter Skye since the death of Adrienne's husband four years ago. But their sense of safety is shattered when Adrienne and Skye find the body of Adrienne's best friend, Julianna, in an abandoned hotel. La Belle Riviere has a long history of horrific events, but Julianna's murder is the most gruesome. Evidence indicates Julianna that had a secret lover whom she met regularly in the hotel, and who could have been with her in her final moments. The only person who knows this lover's identity is the hotel caretaker, Claude Duncan. But Claude is quickly silenced -drugged and burned to death in his small cottage on the grounds of La Belle the night after Julianna's death. One by one, people close to Adrienne are brutally murdered, and it looks as though she and Skye are the next targets of a fierce killer with a shocking secret.
They were once six teenage girls in Wheeling, West Virginia. Acting wild. Having good times. And getting into trouble. They called themselves the Six of Hearts. Then one night things went too far. One of them died. The rest swore to never tell what really happened. Now, thirteen years later, someone has decided to kill the remaining Six of hearts. The first to die is Angie, a successful New York City actress. And flower-shop owner Laurel Damron, still living in Wheeling, may be next. She has gotten a chilling message in the mail. She knows a killer is watching her. But who? Only by searching the past can she uncover a haunting truth...only by looking deep with herself can she uncover a lost memory...and only by suspecting everyone she knows, does she have one slim chance of staying alive...
Back home on the shores of Lake Erie for the first time in years, Natalie St. John plans to visit old friends, mend a broken heart, and take a break from her busy veterinarian practice. But her peace is shattered her first night back, when she discovers the murdered body of her friend, Tamara Peyton. Was it a random act of violence, or something personal? The answer becomes clear as Natalie is stalked by the voice of 'Tamara,' whose terrifying phone calls warn her that she too, is going to die. One by one, the people closest to Tamara are being savagely murdered. But neither Natalie nor Sheriff Nick Meredith recognizes the face of the devious killer who walks among them, hiding behind a well-crafted lie. Now, a murderer's deadly act of vengeance demands one more sacrifice - and Natalie has been chosen to pay the price.
Fifteen years ago, Nicole and Paul were deeply in love; she was a college student and he was a brilliant pianist. They were passionately happy, until one violent, terrifying night changed their lives forever. Now she's a different person, with a different life, but her past continues to haunt her. And though Paul was reported dead in a car crash, Nicole can't shake the feeling that the man she loved is still out there somewhere alive. Following the sudden death of her father, a series of mysterious murders shake Nicole's world, threatening her safety, as well as her sanity. And somehow, these horrific killings are tied to Nicole. She must find out why, and uncover the shadowy figure who stalks her before he makes his deadly claim.
Few locals believe Sinclair's wealthy golden boy Martin Avery actually took his own life, or that his beautiful young widow had nothing to do with his death. Well aware of the rumors behind her back, Blaine Avery is focused on managing her late husband's finances and raising her adolescent stepdaughter, until her serene woodland property yields a gruesome discovery. For the second time in six months, Sheriff Logan Quint has been called out to the Avery place, where another corpse has been found. This time, it belongs to a teenage girl who had everything to live for. But if Rosie Van Zandt didn't kill herself, who did? As the town reels from the deaths, Blaine regrets the day she ever came home. Only Logan is willing to accept her innocence, or her suspicions. For Blaine is desperate to clear her name, but someone intends to destroy it. Someone who calls her in the dead of night, taunting her with the childhood rhyme: Ring a ring o' roses, a pocket full of posies, a-tishoo!, a-tishoo!, we All Fall Down.
Deborah Robinson lived on a quiet street in a small town with her handsome husband and darling twins. It was the picture-perfect life, until the day Deborah's husband vanished without a trace. Before he disappeared, Steve had been on edge. When he told her he was distracted by work, Deborah was scared. She'd heard about the sadistic murders of several local women, and she couldn't shake the horrible feeling that the killings were somehow connected to Steve's disappearance. Torn apart by guilt, tormented by suspicion, Deborah begins to delve into the shadowy secrets of her husband's past. What she finds will chill her to the bone. Deborah no longer knows who or what her husband was. But she does know that someone is watching the Robinson house, someone who has ruthlessly killed before, and is only waiting for the perfect moment to strike again.
She knew he was back. But was it for love...or revenge?Fifteen years ago, Nicole and Paul were deeply in love-she was a college student and he was a brilliant pianist. They were passionately happy, until one violent, terrifying night changed their lives forever. Now she's a different person, with a different life, but her past continues to haunt her. And though Paul was reported dead in a car crash, Nicole can't shake the feeling that the man she loved is still out there somewhere alive. Following the sudden death of her father, a series of mysterious murders shake her world, threatening her safety, as well as her sanity. And somehow, these horrific killings are tied to Nicole-now she must find out why-and uncover the shadowy figure who stalks her before he makes his deadly claim...