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The Familiar Dark: The must-read, utterly gripping thriller you won't be able to put down

Amy Engel

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

From the bestselling author of THE ROANOKE GIRLS comes a suspenseful tale of a murdered child and a mother's quest for answers.

'In other places, the murder of two little girls would have blanketed the entire town in horror. Here, it was just another bad day.'

Eve Taggert's life has been spent steadily climbing away from her roots. Her mother, a hard and cruel woman who dragged her up in a rundown trailer park, was not who she wanted to be to her own daughter, Junie.

But 12-year old Junie is now dead. Found next to the body of her best friend in the park of their small, broken town. Eve has nothing left but who she used to be.

Despite the corrupt police force that patrol her dirt-poor town deep in the Missouri Ozarks, Eve is going to find what happened to her daughter. Even if it means using her own mother's cruel brand of strength to unearth secrets that don't want to be discovered and face truths it might be better not to know.

Everyone is a suspect.

Everyone has something to hide.

And someone will answer for her daughter's murder.

From the bestselling author of The Roanoke Girls, The Familiar Dark is a spellbinding story about the bonds of family as well as a story about how even the darkest and most terrifying of places can provide the comfort of home. The Familiar Dark will blow you away.


'Raw, powerful, beautiful - devastatingly good' TM Logan, bestselling author of The Holiday

'Dark and beautifully written. Spellbinding' Catherine Steadman, bestselling author of Something in the Water

'Absolutely bloody brilliant. It's so well-written I felt like I was living her pain' Fiona Cummins, award-winning author of The Neighbour

'Dark, moving, intriguing. Truly inspiring' Susan Lewis, bestselling author of One Minute Later

'Beautiful and harrowing and everything in between' Chris Whitaker, award-winning author of All The Wicked Girls

'Powerful, gripping, heart-stopping' Laura McHugh, award-winning author of The Wolf Wants In

'From its gripping beginning to its sobering finale, Amy Engel's The Familiar Dark never fails to enthral with surprising twists' Daily Mail

'This is fierce and brilliant' - The Observer

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Praise for The Familiar Dark: The must-read, utterly gripping thriller you won't be able to put down

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  • Absolutely bloody brilliant. A down-at-heel mother burns with a need to exact her own brand of justice after the murder of her 12-year-old daughter. It's so well-written I felt like I was living her pain. Very highly recommended - Fiona Cummins, bestselling author of, The Neighbour

  • I was completely enthralled from start to finish. Very dark, moving, intriguing and such compelling characters. What a fantastic writer Amy is. Truly inspiring; a real talent at work and I hope this book receives all the success it deserves - Susan Lewis, bestselling author of, One Minute Later

  • I'm such a HUGE Roanoke fan so my hopes were sky high and it delivered in every possible way. As visceral as it is gripping, the story packs the kind of haunting gut-punch that Amy is so good at. It's just beautiful and harrowing and everything in between - Chris Whitaker, award winning author of All The Wicked Girls

  • A dark and beautifully written thriller with a haunting ending that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. Engel's ability to conjure the harsh beauty of the Ozarks is spellbinding. An emotional & powerful read - Something in the Water

  • Reviews for The Roanoke Girls - -

  • A provocative thriller - Telegraph

  • A debt to Daphne du Maurier is evident throughout this remarkably assured adult debut - The Sunday Times

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Amy Engel

Amy Engel is a former criminal defence attorney living in Missouri with her family. Her debut adult novel, The Roanoke Girls, was a #1 ebook bestseller, a Richard and Judy book club pick and has sold 100,000 copies across formats to date. The Familiar Dark is her second adult novel.

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