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  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton
  • Hodder & Stoughton
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The Familiar Dark: The spellbinding book club thriller of 2020 that will blow you away

Amy Engel

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), 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.

From the bestselling author of THE ROANOKE GIRLS comes a new novel with the same incredible atmosphere, strong sense of place and dark heart. THE FAMILIAR DARK will blow you away.

In a small town beset by poverty in the Missouri Ozarks two 12-year-old girls are found dead in the park. Their throats have been cut.

Eve Taggert's daughter was one of them. Desperate with grief, she takes it upon herself to find out the truth about what happened to her little girl.

Eve is no stranger to the dark side of life - having been raised by a hard-edged mother whose parenting lessons she tried hard not to mimic. But with her daughter gone, Eve has no reason to stay soft. And she is going to need her mother's cruel brand of strength if she's going to face the truth about her daughter's death.

'A provocative thriller' Telegraph

'A must-have' Sunday Express

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

'Fans of The Girls will love this sweat-soaked, sultry, small town tale full of shadows and lurking dread' Red Online

'As darkly sexy as it is compelling' Heat

'Twisted, controversial...SO compelling and beautifully written' Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author of LOCAL GIRL, MISSING

'Seriously twisted and utterly addictive' Lisa Hall, author of BETWEEN YOU AND ME

'Dark and intense... with a compelling twist which will remain with you long after the book's last sentence' L.S. Hilton, Sunday Times bestselling author of MAESTRA

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Praise for The Familiar Dark: The spellbinding book club thriller of 2020 that will blow you away

  • Reviews for The Familiar Dark - :

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

  • 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

  • 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. - 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 - One Minute Later

  • A story about grief, pretence and family, written by a former criminal defence lawyer, it tugs at the heartstrings with its raw emotional truth - Daily Mail

  • 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

  • The Familiar Dark is full of very bad people who occasionally do the right thing and seemingly good people who hide their own demons, every nuance of human nature is here wrapped up in a hugely addictive piece of storytelling. The end, when it comes, is extraordinarily horrific in its reality and leaves you melancholy and full of feeling. This was brilliant. All the way. Don't miss it in 2020. - Liz Loves Books

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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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