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About Kevin O'Brien
Before his thrillers landed him on The New York Times Bestseller list, Kevin O'Brien was a railroad inspector who wrote novels at night. His second novel, ONLY SON (1997) was optioned for film rights, thanks to interest from Tom Hanks, and featured in Readers Digest Select Editions. His first thriller, THE NEXT TO DIE, became a USA Today Bestseller. THE LAST VICTIM (2005), won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery, and hit the New York Times Bestseller list. Several more New York Times Bestselling thrillers followed. Press & Guide said: "If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and writing novels, his name would be Kevin O'Brien." Kevin's latest nail-biter is THE BAD SISTER. His is also one of thirteen award-winning thriller authors to contribute a short story to the anthology, NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT, edited by Jeffery Deaver. Look for his new thriller, THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED, on Amazon this summer. Kevin O'Brien lives in Seattle, served on the board of Seattle 7 Writers, and teaches at Hugo House. He's hard at work on his 24th novel. Visit: www.kevinobrienbooks.com.
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Some nightmares you can’t forget
From the depths of sleep, Seattle TV reporter Anna Malone awakens to her phone ringing. She rarely drinks, and this hangover is brutal. Why can’t she shake the feeling that something terrible happened last night? And why can’t she recall any of it?
But even worse
What Anna does remember: an awkward restaurant meal with her married lover, Russ Knoll, and his unsuspecting wife, Courtney. Russ’s phone call reveals that Courtney is missing, and as days go by with no trace, he comes under police scrutiny. Anna’s in the spotlight too, thanks to a TV rival with a grudge. Anna’s not proud of her affair, but she and Russ aren’t bad people. They’re certainly not the killing kind.
Is the one you can’t remember . . .
Anna already suspected that Courtney—a successful, charming author—might have a darker side. Is she truly missing? Perhaps the sudden disturbances in Anna’s life aren’t accidental after all. But no scenario that Anna imagines can compare to the twisted game unfolding around her, one chilling piece at a time . . .
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
The sun sets. The moon takes its place, illuminating the most evil corners of the planet. What twisted fear dwells in that blackness? What legends attach to those of sound mind and make them go crazy in the bright light of day? Only Suspense Magazine knows…
Teaming up with New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, Suspense Magazine offers up a nail-biting anthology titled: “Nothing Good Happens After Midnight.” This thrilling collection consists of thirteen original short stories representing the genres of suspense/thriller, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, and more.
Readers’ favorites come together to explore the mystery of midnight. The ‘best of the best’ presenting these memorable tales, include: Joseph Badal, Linwood Barclay, Rhys Bowen, Jeffery Deaver, Heather Graham, Alan Jacobson, Paul Kemprecos, Shannon Kirk, Jon Land, John Lescroart, D. P. Lyle, Kevin O’Brien, and Hank Phillippi Ryan.
Take their hands…walk into their worlds…but be prepared to leave the light on when you’re through. After all, this incredible gathering of authors, who will delight fans of all genres, not only utilized their award-winning imaginations to answer that age-old question of why “Nothing Good Happens After Midnight”—they also made sure to pen stories that will leave you…speechless.
A family is wiped out after a burglary gone wrong. A disgraced executive kills himself and his loved ones. A house fire claims the lives of all its inhabitants. These seemingly separate incidents have two common threads—a first wife who took her own life, and a secret the victims took to their graves . . .
Stephanie Coburn has barely recovered from her sister's mysterious suicide before her brother-in-law and his new wife are murdered. Stephanie never met the bride, but she knew her sister well enough to know that something is very wrong . . .
The police won't listen. Her only ally is another victim's son. Step by step, they're uncovering the trail of a brutal killer obsessed with vengeance—and whose forgiveness can only be earned in death . . .
It only takes a minute for Amy McMurray to run from her car to the cash machine. That brief, unforgivable minute is enough time for her infant son to be snatched from the back seat and for Amy’s family, her marriage, and her peace of mind to be shattered beyond repair.
ARE TOO CLOSE
To everyone who meets him, Carl Jorgenson seems an exemplary single father. His son, Sam, is bright, considerate, and devoted to his dad. Only Carl knows about Sam’s real identity and about his own unthinkable crime.
TO BE SEEN
One careless slip, one chance meeting is all it will take for the devastating truth to be revealed. Sam is growing up, asking questions, increasingly suspicious that the life he believes in is a lie. But with that knowledge comes dread. Because when someone has risked everything to create a family, how far will they go to protect it?
“A fast-paced, powerful novel.” --Seattle Post Intelligencer
Something is amiss at the Hotel Angeline, a rickety former mortuary perched atop Capitol Hill in rain-soaked Seattle. Fourteen-year-old Alexis Austin is fixing the plumbing, the tea, and all the problems of the world, it seems, in her landlady mother’s absence. The quirky tenants—a hilarious mix of misfits and rabble-rousers from days gone by—rely on Alexis all the more when they discover a plot to sell the Hotel. Can Alexis save their home? Find her real father? Deal with her surrogate dad’s dicey past? Find true love? Perhaps only their feisty pet crow, Habib, truly knows. Provoking interesting questions about the creative process, this novel is by turns funny, scary, witty, suspenseful, beautiful, thrilling, and unexpected.
Divorcée Caitlin Stoller and her children recently moved into a charming old house in the coastal town of Echo, Washington. The place was a bargain, but as weeks pass, Caitlin starts receiving messages—first friendly, then unsettling—hinting at the property’s dark past . . .
Caitlin’s daughter, Lindsay, isn’t fitting in at the local high school. To make matters worse, there are stories of students disappearing without a trace. Caitlin doesn’t want to believe the whispers—about her home or Lindsay’s school. But as personal items go missing, and dangerous accidents become frequent, it seems clear that something strange is going on.
The Watcher knows how to get inside the Stollers’ home—and inside their heads. The rumors are true. But the full horror is even worse. There’s no escaping the nightmare that started here long ago, and no place to hide from a killer who knows exactly how this story will end . . .
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. . . .
Megan Keeslar died years ago—or so everyone believes. In fact, she disappeared to escape her sadistic husband, Glenn. When dismembered body parts were found near their home, Glenn was convicted of his wife’s murder. And Megan, terrified for her unborn child’s safety, never came forward with the truth . . .
After building a new life in Seattle, Megan’s son Josh knows nothing about her past. But someone does. First, there are anonymous emails and threats, just as she learns that Glenn has been released from prison. Then the unthinkable happens: a masked man breaks into their home and abducts Josh.
To save her son, Megan must put herself at the mercy of a maniac. Is Glenn a cold-blooded killer determined to destroy her world, or is the truth even more twisted? Megan thought she knew fear, but her nightmare is only beginning . . .
Andrea Boyle moved to Seattle to give her seventeen-year-old nephew, Spencer, a fresh start after the death of his parents. Andrea has found her own new beginning with Luke, a successful playwright and father of a teenage son, Damon. The boys appear to have little in common, but in truth they share a private torment…
When a tragedy befalls Damon, it's just the beginning of a nightmare that unfolds. But the worst is yet to come once a dark secret from Spencer's past is exposed. And when Luke is brutally attacked, both of their futures are at stake.
No Second Chance
Now it's up to Andrea to prove Spencer's innocence to the police--and to herself. Because for reasons she has revealed to no one, even Andrea can't help questioning the truth--and fearing that she may be next to pay the ultimate price…
Years ago, the Seattle police were baffled by the Schoolgirl Murders. The killer staged the scenes, dressing his female victims in school girl uniforms and saddle shoes. No woman in Seattle felt safe, until they caught the man responsible, and the case was forgotten . . .
He Only Wants to Do One Thing . . .
Across the country, a killing spree is taking place. The first victim is attacked in a taxi by a mysterious stranger. The next is found strangled in a changing room. A hitchhiker is left by the side of the road, his identity brutally stolen. The murders are so bizarre, so random, no one would think to connect them . . .
Kill and Kill Again . . .
Only Seattle writer Gillian McBride sees the disturbing coincidences between all the murders—and it’s hitting too close to home. Somehow, she is the link between past and present—and to a twisted serial killer who shows no signs of stopping . . .
Praise for the Novels of Kevin O’Brien
“White knuckle action!…takes readers into the darkest corners of the human mind.”
—Tess Gerritsen on One Last Scream
“Scary! Read this page turner with the lights on!”
—Lisa Jackson on Watch Them Die
A Seattle reporter is stalked by a serial killer in this psychological thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of The Bad Sister.
A young Portland couple is brutally murdered in a game gone awry. A Chicago woman plummets to her death from an office building. An aspiring screenwriter is asphyxiated in his New York apartment. At first, the deaths seem random. But then television reporter Sydney Jordan starts receiving macabre souvenirs that hint at a connection—one that is both personal and terrifying.
When her life fell apart in Chicago, Sydney fled to Seattle with her teenage son. But instead of getting a fresh start, Sydney is plagued by strange occurrences. Someone is watching her closesly—someone who knows her intimately. She is his chosen one. Every murder is a piece of a tisted puzzle designed for her. Soon, Sydney will understand why each victim had to suffer—and why she's next in line.
The blonde film student. The brunette paralegal. The red-headed artist.
The first victim is strangled. The second is stabbed repeatedly. And the third is pushed out of an open window.
In the city of Seattle, no single woman is safe. From afar he watches the ones he so desperately wants. Willing to do whatever it takes to prove his love. But should his latest obsession betray him, he will have no choice but to punish her. By finding new and brutal ways to teach her a lesson. And by finally loving her—to death . . .
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF
“Imaginative, well written…add this book to your summer reading list.”
—Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas)
“Another fast-paced and gripping read.”
—The Seattle Post Intelligencer