"Recien salida de una breve estancia en un hospital psiquiatrico, Camille Preaker se dirige a su ciudad natal para cubrir una serie de asesinatos para el periodico donde trabaja. Por primera vez en once anos, la reportera de sucesos regresa a la inmensa mansion en la que crecio, donde se tendra que enfrentar a los recuerdos de su hermana, que ...
"Recien salida de una breve estancia en un hospital psiquiatrico, Camille Preaker se dirige a su ciudad natal para cubrir una serie de asesinatos para el periodico donde trabaja. Por primera vez en once anos, la reportera de sucesos regresa a la inmensa mansion en la que crecio, donde se tendra que enfrentar a los recuerdos de su hermana, que murio en plena adolescencia; pero lo que mas perturba a Camille es la presencia de su madre, una mujer fria y manipuladora que despierta la admiracion de sus vecinos y que vive obsesionada con su salud y la de los suyos. Con la policia local abrumada por los hechos, Camille llevara a cabo su propia investigacion, desafiando las rigidas normas sociales de un pequeno pueblo."--Page 4 of cover.
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Publishers Weekly, 2006-12-04 Flynn's debut novel focuses on an emotionally fragile young woman whose sanity is being severely tested by family dysfunction, smalltown incivility and murder. It is a mesmerizing psychological thriller that is also quite disturbing and, thanks to reader Lee's chillingly effective rendition, at times almost unbearably so. Camille Preaker, a novice reporter with a history of self-mutilation, is sent to her hometown in Missouri to cover the murder of one teenage girl and the disappearance of another. There, she must face a variety of monsters from the past and the present, including her aloof and patronizing mother, her obnoxiously precocious 13-year-old stepsister who dabbles in drugs, sex and humiliation, and an unknown serial killer whose mutilated victims bring back haunting memories. Lee's interpretation of mom enhances the character's detachment and airy state of denial to an infuriating degree. And her abrupt change of pace when Camille suddenly begins chanting the words carved on her body is hair-raising. But the voice Lee gives to the stepsister-tinged with a sarcastic, cynical and downright evil girly singsong-makes one's blood run cold. Simultaneous release with the Shaye Areheart hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 21). (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2006-08-21 Flynn gives new meaning to the term "dysfunctional family" in her chilling debut thriller. Camille Preaker, once institutionalized for youthful self-mutilation, now works for a third-rung Chicago newspaper. When a young girl is murdered and mutilated and another disappears in Camille's hometown of Wind Gap, Mo., her editor, eager for a scoop, sends her there for a human-interest story. Though the police, including Richard Willis, a profiler from Kansas City, Mo., say they suspect a transient, Camille thinks the killer is local. Interviewing old acquaintances and newcomers, she relives her disturbed childhood, gradually uncovering family secrets as gruesome as the scars beneath her clothing. The horror creeps up slowly, with Flynn misdirecting the reader until the shocking, dreadful and memorable double ending. She writes fluidly of smalltown America, though many characters are clich?s hiding secrets. Flynn, the lead TV critic for Entertainment Weekly, has already garnered blurbs from Stephen King and Harlan Coben. 5-city author tour; foreign rights sold in 10 countries. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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