When the stars go dark : a novel

by McLain, Paula,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife comes an atmospheric novel of intertwined destinies and heart-wrenching suspense: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal?

"[An] absolutely incredible literary thriller."-- Good Morning America online

"A powerhouse of a novel that is guaranteed to keep the reader up all night."--Kristin Hannah, author of The Four Winds

Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns that a local teenage girl has gone missing.

The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna's childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with saving the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.

Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives--and our faith in one another.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "McLain's (The Paris Wife, 2011; Love and Ruin, 2018) latest starts as a mystery involving Anna Hart, who's dedicated her life to finding missing California children, but turns into historical fiction as the story follows the disappearance of real-life victim Polly Klaas. Fleeing an accident in her personal life, the harrowing details of which are only revealed at book's end, Anna can't escape her vocation and helps search for Cameron Curtis, a missing girl who could still be alive. Anna's trauma as well as that of earlier victims, and the hunt for Cameron and for Polly, entwine to immerse readers in a misty world of pain, longing, and sometimes victory and redemption. McLain offers readers flashes of insight--watch out for personal blind spots, for example, as what's too close to see might be what's most perilous--that will linger after the last, tension-packed pages of this thoughtful work. Recommend to patrons seeking a next read after Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark (2019) and the TV show Criminal Minds, which, like Anna, profiles victims to find killers."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "At the start of this stunning crime novel from McLain (The Paris Wife), Anna Hart, a San Francisco detective who's on indefinite leave following a tragic incident that has brought her marriage to the brink and destroyed her faith in herself, is driving to Mendocino, Calif., where she spent part of her childhood with the foster parents who offered her a first taste of stability. Soon after she arrives in town, she spots a missing person poster: 15-year-old Cameron Curtis, adopted daughter of a recently retired actor, has vanished. Cameron's fate reminds Anna of the still-unsolved murder of a childhood friend that occurred when she was in high school. "Someone has to save this girl," she resolves. "And it has to be me." Then other similar crimes start coming to light, and Anna becomes eerily aware of the disturbing connection between the victims and their predators. McLain matches poetic prose with deep characterizations as she shines a light on the kindness in her characters' souls. Fans of literary suspense won't be able to put this one down. Agent: Julie Barer, Book Group. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Kidnapping victims -- California -- Fiction.
Young women -- California -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories.
Resilience (Personality trait) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 370 pages : maps ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780593237892
0593237897
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