The Best Seller in the New York Times
The Best Fiction Book of 2020, according to Barnes & Noble
Finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards
Steel Magnolias meets Dracula in this 1990s-set horror novel about a women's book club forced to deal with a mysterious newcomer to their small Southern town, perfect for murderinos and Stephen King fans.
Bonus features include:
• A book club reading group guide
• Mt. Pleasant hand-drawn map
• Grady Hendrix's annotated true-crime reading list
• And there's more!
Patricia Campbell's world has never seemed so small. Her husband is a workaholic, her adolescent children have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law requires constant attention, and she's always behind on her never-ending to-do list. Her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime, is the only thing keeping her sane. They're just as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are about their own families at these gatherings.
Patricia is viciously attacked by an elderly neighbor one evening after book club, bringing the neighbor's handsome nephew, James Harris, into her life. James is well-traveled and well-read, and he makes Patricia experience emotions she hasn't felt in a long time. Patricia has reason to believe James Harris is more of a Bundy than a Brad Pitt when children on the other side of town go missing, their deaths written off by local cops. What is the real issue? Patricia has already invited James, who is a monster of a different kind.
In this blood-soaked tale of neighborly kindness gone wrong, James will gradually infiltrate Patricia's life and attempt to take everything she takes for granted—including the book club—but she will not surrender without a fight.... Read More