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Stillhouse Lake

Gina never asked about the garage.That thought would keep her awake every night for years after, pulsing hot against her eyelids. I should have asked. Should have known. But she’d never asked, she did...

See How They Run

I don’t know where I am. I don’t know why I’m here. And as I study the woman who stands two feet away from me, staring, I realize I don’t know her either.Not even a little bit.Sure, she is my grandfat...

Killman Creek

On the twelfth night since my ex-husband escaped prison, I am in bed. Not sleeping. Watching the play of light and shadow on the curtains. I’m lying on a narrow foldout cot and feeling every twinge of...

Vanishing Girls

These are the three words I’ve heard most often in my life. Want to play? As four-year-old Dara bursts through the screen door, arms extended, flying into the green of our front yard without waiting f...

Deadly Obsession

Prologue He rubbed his gloved hand over his crotch as that familiar urgency hummed through him. It happened whenever he thought of her. Lately, it seemed that was much too often. Crouching behind a cl...

Trust No One

Chapter 1 Dane Leven adjusted the tiny microphone in his ear and pressed his back up against the damp cement wall in a useless attempt to get comfortable. “I’m getting too old for this shit,” he mutte...

Take the Key and Lock Her Up

When the screams come, I can’t be sure that I’m not dreaming.I bolt upright in bed. The walls are thin, and I can hear the shouting, the force of something being thrown against the outside wall of the...

The Naked Face

AT TEN MINUTES before eleven in the morning, the sky exploded into a carnival of white confetti that instantly blanketed the city. The soft snow turned the already frozen streets of Manhattan to gray ...

The Ends of the World

At night, in the dark, were the only times I couldn’t get it to go away.The screams, the smirk on Cole Saxon’s face, the sound of my mother’s first cough, when I didn’t understand yet, and the second ...

The End of Games

The presents under the dimly-lit tree were shiny like they had lights beneath them, making their paper glisten.I ran a finger across the shimmering silver gift at the foot of the tree, sticking out on...

The Rose Garden

I lost my only sister in the last days of November.It’s rotten time to lose someone, when all the world is dying too and darkness comes on earlier, and when the chill rains fall it seems the very sky ...

Mariana

I first saw the house in the summer of my fifth birthday. It was all the fault of a poet, and the fact that our weekend visit with a favourite elderly aunt in Exeter had put my father in a vaguely poe...

Map of Fates

Tourists streamed up the steep staircase toward the wedding-cake contours of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and I pressed myself against the railing, out of their way. “Are we sure this is where he said to...

A Desperate Fortune

My cousin didn’t try to catch the bride’s bouquet. She knew me well enough to know I wouldn’t try to catch it, either.“Come keep me company,” she said, and drew me firmly to one side of all the colorf...

The Splendour Falls

…when all was lost or seem’d as lost …The first night had been the worst. They had come on so violently, and without warning. One moment she’d been peacefully at prayer within the chapel, and the next...