Virtual Event: POISONED PEN BOOKSTORE (Scottsdale, AZ)

Tuesday April 25 at 5pm (Pacific time) I’ll be at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore to talk about THE LAST WORD on its launch day! You can watch on Facebook or Youtube (no Facebook profile needed!). Hope to see you there!

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THE LAST WORD launches next week!

I’m beyond thrilled to see THE LAST WORD hit shelves next Tuesday, April 25. I had so much fun writing this crazy, twisty story of a woman living in isolation with her trusty golden retriever, who one day reads a lousy book and rates it one star online… only to face the wrath of its truly unhinged author. The weeks around the launch of a new title are always a little nerve-wracking, but it’s been such a wonderful experience to see the positive early buzz and pre-pub reviews. Thank you, everyone, for your support and readership, and I really hope you enjoy it!

Preorder THE LAST WORD here!

Also (slight spoiler): don’t worry, the dog lives!

“A white-knuckle, read-in-a-sitting thrill ride. In The Last Word, Taylor Adams ratchets up the tension to an unbearable pitch – then keeps going. Thriller fans, take note: you need to read this book!” Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of The House Across the Lake

“An outstanding psychological thriller… spectacular plot twists… nail-biting suspense… Adams remains a writer to watch.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Unnerving… knives are out, as well as swords and stun guns, in this breathlessly paced, head-spinning tale” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Adams’ plotting is relentless, making The Last Word one of the scariest mysteries of the year.” Florida Sun-Sentinel

“[An] imaginative and thoroughly original plot… Adams’ modern-day Gothic effectively blends horror and thriller and is guaranteed to keep readers off-balance with its intensity and overall creepiness.” Booklist

Coming April 2023!

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.