After posting a negative book review, a woman living in a remote location begins to wonder if the author is a little touchy – or very, very dangerous – in this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense and terror from the critically acclaimed author of No Exit and Hairpin Bridge.
Emma Carpenter lives in isolation with her golden retriever Laika, house-sitting an old beachfront home on the rainy Washington coast. Her only human contact is her enigmatic elderly neighbor, Deek, and (via text) the house’s owner, Jules.
One day, she reads a poorly written – but gruesome – horror novel by the author H.G. Kane, and posts a one-star review that drags her into an online argument with none other than the author himself. Soon after, disturbing incidents start to occur at night. To Emma, this can’t just be a coincidence. It was strange enough for the author to bicker with her online over a lousy review; could he be stalking her, too?
As Emma digs into Kane’s life and work, she learns he has published sixteen other novels, all similarly sadistic tales of stalking and murder. But who is he? How did he find her? And what else is he capable of?
The Last Word releases April 25, 2023 in hardcover, ebook, audio/MP3, and large print.
This is a very cool list to be a part of – and a GREAT way to find some awesome new books to add to my TBR pile. In the meantime, I’ve been hard at work editing my next thriller, releasing April 2023. Official (much more detailed) announcement coming soon!
“Adams [exhibits] exquisite control of his craft and material… it’s also, perhaps surprisingly, a heartbreaking look at the power of stories – the stories we tell ourselves and others – to protect and heal, and the lengths we’ll go to in order to preserve our fictions.” -Criminal Element