One woman locked in a basement, nearing death and longing for escape. Another baffled by the inexplicable symptoms wreaking havoc on her life. Both are lost and alone, yet somehow connected. And time is running out...
Near the tenth anniversary of her parents' unexpected death, Claire Fiksen, a lovely young Harvard-grad and gifted psychologist in Minnesota, develops bizarre symptoms of an eating disorder that threaten her fledgling career, her relationship with a handsome young medical student, her grasp on reality and, soon, her life. When her beloved grandfather reveals that there may be more to her parents' death than she's realized, Claire's pursuit of healing becomes a desperate search for answers as she delves into her family's sordid past. Meanwhile, someone is watching her every move, plotting to draw her into her own twisted web of misery. Claire has something he needs, and he'll stop at nothing to obtain it. Every step Claire takes brings her closer to the truth and danger. And her life, she discovers, isn't the only one at stake.
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"As McLaughlin, a certified nutritionist and health writer, slowly reveals the mysteries behind Claire's illness, as well as long-hidden truths and snippets of memories, the novel's darkness gathers like storm clouds. An engaging story with an inventive structure and an intriguing focus on body-image issues." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A dark, crackingly good psychological thriller that grabs you by the throat on page one and never lets up." -- David Freed, Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist and author of the Cordell Logan mystery series
"A truly horrifying story, well told. August McLaughlin has penned a winning debut novel." -- D.P. Lyle, Edgar-nominated author of the Dub Walker thriller series
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Book Description Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 262 pages. 9.00x0.60x6.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0988788047
Book Description Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0988788047