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Annie Ward, author of Beautiful Bad

Maddie and Ian's love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army, and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian's PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo. Sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

Week of January 27, 2020

Paperback releases for the week of January 27th include Claire Adam's GOLDEN CHILD, a deeply affecting debut novel set in Trinidad, following the lives of a family as they navigate impossible choices about scarcity, loyalty and love; STALKER by Lars Kepler, a terrifying thriller in which Detective Joona Linna --- recently returned from compassionate leave --- reunites with hypnotist Erik Maria Bark to search for a seemingly unassailable sadistic killer; BLESSING IN DISGUISE, a remarkable novel from Danielle Steel, whose protagonist comes to terms with unfinished business and long-buried truths as the mother of three very different daughters with three singular fathers; and INHERITANCE, Dani Shapiro's memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test --- an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity and love.