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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 . . .
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. . . .
—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.
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 . . .
In July 1970, actress Elaina Styles was slain in her rented Seattle mansion along with her husband and their son's nanny. When the baby's remains were found buried in a shallow grave close to a hippie commune, police moved in—only to find all its members already dead in a grisly mass suicide.
Now, decades later, a film about the murders is shooting at the mansion. On-set caterer Laurie Trotter ignores gossip that the production is cursed. But then people start dying . . .
As Laurie digs deep into what happened all those years ago, the truth emerges more twisted than any rumor, and a legacy of brutal vengeance reaches its terrifying climax . . .
Sheila O’Rourke has always known her husband isn’t perfect. Who is? But things have been better since they moved to Seattle to make a fresh start. So much so that when sixteen-year-old Eden turns up, claiming to be Dylan’s child by another woman, Sheila tries to be welcoming.
At first, Sheila feels sympathy for the girl. Eden’s mother recently fell to her death in an incident with unsettling parallels to Sheila’s past. Still, Eden is a difficult house guest, sowing discord among the family. Sheila has already been on edge for weeks, receiving anonymous texts, noticing odd noises coming from the house next door. And that’s just the start.
A PERFECT NIGHTMARE
Sheila wants to trust Dylan. She wants to feel safe in her own home. But no one can hurt you more easily than the ones closest to you . . . the ones you keep believing until it’s too late . . .
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…
An amnesiac survivor of a serial killer isn’t sure whom to trust in this thriller by the New York Times–bestselling author of Watch Them Die.
Something She Can’t Remember
When Claire Shaw wakes in a Seattle hospital, she remembers nothing of what has happened to her. She doesn’t recognize the concerned faces of her husband and friends. She knows only that she is lucky to be alive, the single surviving victim of a vicious serial killer.
Someone Who Won’t Forget
She was a mistake—not like the others. She didn’t understand. That was obvious now. But she would come to understand. Next time, there would be no escape—and her eyes would fill with that perfect, beautiful terror . . .
Some Things You Can’t Imagine
On an island isolated from the mainland, Claire has returned to a life she barely knows anymore. A town that feels as if it, too, is hiding something in its dark woods, remote cabins, and chilly smiles. Bit by bit, Claire’s memory is taking terrifying shape in a place where fear is very much at home . . .
Praise for the writing of Kevin O’Brien
“Another taut page-turner.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“O’Brien does what he does best: keeping the suspense at unbelievably high levels.” —Midwest Book Review“Imaginative, well written . . . Add this book to your summer reading list.” —Times Record News
Scott Singleton, a former NFL star turned TV evangelist, has just been murdered along with his family. Their bodies are discovered in their vacation home on Lopez Island, Washington. The main suspect—the property caretaker—has disappeared.
In her secluded vineyard home two hours away, Laura Gretchell is on edge. Her husband is out of town on business, and the children are shaken by the news. Laura tries to tell herself there's no reason to fear. Then the door handle rattles, and the real terror begins.
They're in her house, holding her children hostage, and making strange demands. As Laura races to find the information they seek, she realizes that these dangerous intruders are only part of the nightmare. Because someone wants to keep the truth hidden at any cost, no matter how many more must die . . .
When You're Caught In A Killer's Web. . .
Twelve women have vanished, leaving behind no trace or clue--their whereabouts still a mystery after eleven years. . .
The Only Thing That Can Save You Is. . .
Amelia Faraday is beautiful, smart, and a walking disaster. Suffering from blackouts, she also suffers from something worse--the feeling that she is personally involved in a series of deaths.
One Last Scream. . .
Now as a new series of murders begins, and she continues to suffer from blackouts, Amelia is left wondering if she is a cold-blooded killer--or a pawn in a deadly game that's only just beginning. . .
Praise for the Novels of Kevin O'Brien
"A fast-paced thriller. . .O'Brien's crisp, clear writing, and taut suspense elevate this above similar fare." --Publishers Weekly
"Another page-turner."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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 . . .
The beautiful young judge. The hardworking waitress. The handsome college student.
Some Are Meant To Be Kept. . .
The victims are all different. . .but they will all have one gruesome detail in common. . .
But Others Can Kill. . .
A clever serial killer is stalking the streets of Seattle. Searching for this next victim. Creating a monument of madness that will be built victim by victim. . .piece by piece. . .bone by bone. . .
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
"An authentically scary suburban tale of menace and mayhem." --The Seattle Times on Disturbed