When the Stars Go Dark

Category: Book
By (author): Mclain, Paula
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
  FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: April 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 9.17in x 6.33in x 0.97in
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From The Publisher*From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife comes an atmospheric novel of intertwined fate and heart-wrenching suspense: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal?

Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When unspeakable tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino. She spent summers there as a child with her beloved grandparents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her to heal. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. Anna is in no condition to become involved with the search--until a childhood friend, now the village sheriff, pleads for her help.

Then, just days later, a twelve-year-old girl is abducted from her home. The crimes feel frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna's childhood, when a string of unsolved murders touched Mendocino. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with these missing girls, she must learn that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.

Weaving together true crime, trauma theory and a hint of the metaphysical, this tense, affecting story is about fate, unlikely redemption and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives--and our faith in one another.
Review Quote*"[A] stunning crime novel . . . McLain matches poetic prose with deep characterizations as she shines a light on the kindness in her characters' souls. Fans of literary suspense won't be able to put this one down." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"McLain offers readers flashes of insight . . . that will linger after the last, tension-packed pages of this thoughtful work. Recommend to patrons seeking a next read after Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark and the TV show Criminal Minds." -Booklist

"A psychological thriller that deftly evokes both the entrancing landscape of the Mendocino hills and the rough terrain of shattered lives. . . . Most memorable of all are the girls, past and present, who emerge here not as convenient victims but as vulnerable, believable characters. A muted yet thrilling multilayered mystery enriched by keen psychological and emotional insight." -Kirkus Reviews

"Paula McLain . . . focuses her gimlet eye on the not-so-sunny underbelly of California in this gripping new novel about a San Francisco detective who can't seem to outrun her past." -Town & Country

"Stunning and atmospheric. . . . A complex mystery that will have you glued to the page." -Book Riot

"Paula McLain has written a powerhouse of a novel that is guaranteed to keep the reader up all night. When the Stars Go Dark is a beautifully written, sharply observed literary thriller with an extraordinary, unforgettable heroine and a twisty plot with a surprise ending. An unconventional, unflinching look at the long shadow cast by trauma and the resilience it takes to survive. This is a novel of both great sadness and great beauty, a gripping story drenched in the exquisite allure of the natural world." -Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Alone and The Nightingale

"In Anna Hart, Paula McLain has created a vulnerable, intelligent, unforgettable protagonist whose interior life is as interesting as the mysteries she has to solve. When the Stars Go Dark is simultaneously suspenseful and moving-my favorite kind of book. I'll recommend it far and wide." -Liz Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Long Bright River

"Lyrical and beautiful . . . a riveting deep dive into trauma, survival, and obsession. With her deeply flawed and utterly compelling heroine, elegant prose, and layered, twisting story, Paula McLain has penned an extraordinary novel of literary suspense, as gripping as it is unique and unforgettable." -Lisa Unger, author of Confessions on the 7:45

"When the Stars Go Dark is a fantastically propulsive and deeply atmospheric novel that grabs you from the very first page. Visceral and hauntingly suspenseful, Paula McClain has proven to be a masterful storyteller no matter the genre." -Aimee Malloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother
"With this breathtaking novel, Paula McLain proves she can do anything. Exquisitely written, immersive, and atmospheric, When the Stars Go Dark is a tour de force of literary suspense. It pulled me under and left me gasping." -Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of The Exiles and Orphan Train
"Paula McLain, already established as the master of the historical novel, now explodes into crime fiction with a richly satisfying, tremendously moving mystery-haunting, poignant, lyrical, urgent, unique, unforgettable." -Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Diversion and The Expats

"The twisty plot keeps the pages flying, and Paula McLain's lyrical and poetic prose reveals insight after insight about the human heart, making this riveting read not only an engrossing psychological thriller, but crime fiction of the highest order." -Lisa Scottoline, author of Someone Knows
Biographical NotePAULA McLAIN is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Love and Ruin, Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife and A Ticket to Ride, as well as the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses and two collections of poetry. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Cleveland with her family.