Pray for the Girl (Hardcover)
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Joseph Souza, acclaimed author of The Neighbor, brings readers into the dark heart of a small town in this riveting, relentlessly twisting new novel . . .
Lucy Abbott never pictured herself coming back to Fawn Grove, Maine. Yet after serving time in Afghanistan, then years spent as a sous chef in New York, she’s realized her only hope of moving on from the past involves facing it again. But Fawn Grove, like Lucy herself, has changed.
Lucy’s sister, Wendy, is eager to help her adapt, almost stifling her with concern. At the local diner, Lucy is an exotic curiosity—much like the refugees who’ve arrived in recent years. When a fifteen-year-old Muslim girl is found murdered along the banks of the river, difficult memories of Lucy’s time overseas come flooding back and she feels an automatic connection. At first glance, the tragedy looks like an honor killing. But the more Lucy learns about her old hometown, the less certain that seems.
There is menace and hostility here, clothed in neighborly smiles and a veneer of comfort. And when another teen is found dead in a cornfield, his throat slit, Lucy—who knows something about hiding secrets—must confront a truth more brutal than she could have imagined, in the last place she expected it . . .
About the Author
Before launching his writing career, Joseph Souza worked as an intelligence analyst for the Drug Enforcement Agency (Organized Crime Unit) in Washington, D.C. His award‑winning short fiction and essays have been published in literary journals throughout the country. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and two children.
Praise for The Neighbor
“The Couple Next Door meets Gone Girl in this addictive thriller. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop.”
—Charlie Donlea, USA Today bestselling author
“The plot is very winding and intriguing, and you will most assuredly hope you never have neighbors like these. Almost every chapter lurches you forward in a twisting sometimes downright scary story.”
—The Bangor Daily News
“The Neighbor is like watching a chain-reaction car wreck happening in slow motion. Scary and disturbing with dark psychological twists and turns, it horrifies while it fascinates.
I couldn’t turn away!”
—Lisa Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Each secret seems to lead to another.”
—The New York Post
“This is a break-out mystery novel—a masterpiece of whodunnit plotting and intense double-cross.”
—The Kennebec Journal
“A gloriously creepy setting—ghost town suburbia—where seemingly respectable neighbors hide dirty secrets. You're never quite sure who to believe in this dark, twisted tale.”
—Michelle Frances, author of the international bestseller, The Girlfriend
“A subtle powder keg packed into the pages of a domestic thriller.”
“A taut, twisty psychological thriller. Totally riveting.”
—James Hayman, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Bridge