Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: returning to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of 2 preteen girls. For years, Camille hardly spoke to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful 13 year old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.
"To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild... I found myself dreading the last 30 pages or so but was helpless to stop turning them. Then, after the lights were out, the story just stayed there in my head. Coiled & hissing. An admirably nasty piece of work. Elevated by sharp writing & sharper instincts." —Stephen King