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Perfect town. Perfect homes. Perfect families. It’s enough to drive some women mad…

Winner of the International Thriller Writers 2022 Best Paperback Original Thriller Award!

In a tale inspired by real events, pregnant journalist Joan Harken is cautiously excited to follow her fiancé back to his Minnesota hometown. After spending a childhood on the move and chasing the screams and swirls of news-rich city life, she’s eager to settle down. Lilydale’s motto, “Come Home Forever,” couldn’t be more inviting.

And yet, something is off in the picture-perfect village.

The friendliness borders on intrusive. Joan can’t shake the feeling that every move she makes is being tracked. An archaic organization still seems to hold the town in thrall. So does the sinister secret of a little boy who vanished decades ago. And unless Joan is imagining things, a frighteningly familiar figure from her past is on watch in the shadows.

Her fiancé tells her she’s being paranoid. He might be right. Then again, she might have moved to the deadliest small town on earth.

Shortlisted for a 2021 GoodReads Choice Award

“Fans of Rosemary’s Baby will relish this.” —Publishers Weekly

“Based on a true story, this is a sinister, suspenseful thriller full of creeping horror.” —Kirkus Reviews