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Charlie Donlea, "The Suicide House" and Kevin O'Brien, "The Bad Sister"

Two local crime fiction powerhouses, two unsolved mysteries, one evening! Charlie Donlea and Kevin O'Brien both have new installments in their respective new thriller series. Also, it may or may not be Kevin's birthday. Just saying.

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About The Suicide House: Inside the walls of Indiana's elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont's students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don't let your candle go out--unless you want the Man in the Mirror to find you. . . .

One year ago, two students were killed there in a grisly slaughter. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent among them is why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house--to kill themselves.

Rory, an expert in reconstructing cold cases, is working on The Suicide House podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find answers that have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students, the chillingly stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that something sinister is still happening. Inside Westmont Prep, the game hasn't ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win--or to survive. . . .

About The Bad Sister: The site of the old campus bungalow where two girls were brutally slain is now a flower patch covered with chrysanthemums. It's been fifty years since the Immaculate Conception Murders. Three more students and a teacher were killed in a sickening spree that many have forgotten. But there is one person who knows every twisted detail. . . .

Hannah O'Rourke and her volatile half-sister, Eden, have little in common except a parent. Yet they've ended up at the same small college outside Chicago, sharing a bungalow with another girl. Hannah isn't thrilled--nor can she shake the feeling that she's being watched. And her journalism professor, Ellie Goodwin, keeps delving into Hannah and Eden's newsworthy past. . . .

When Hannah and Eden's arrival coincides with a spate of mysterious deaths, Ellie knows it's more than a fluke. A copycat is recreating those long-ago murders. Neither the police nor the school will accept the horrific truth. And the more Ellie discovers, the more she's convinced that she won't live to be believed. . . .

About Charlie Donlea: USA Today and #1 international bestselling author Charlie Donlea was born and raised in Chicago. He now lives in the suburbs with his wife and two young children. Readers can find him online at charliedonlea.com.

About Kevin O'Brien: KEVIN O'BRIEN grew up in Chicago's North Shore, but now lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is currently working on his next thriller. Readers can visit his website at kevinobrienbooks.com.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Zoom (link forthcoming)
The Bad Sister (Family Secrets #2) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780786045082
Availability: Special Order
Published: Pinnacle - July 28th, 2020

The Suicide House (A Rory Moore/Lane Phillips Novel #2) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781496727152
Availability: Special Order
Published: Kensington - July 28th, 2020

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