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Jill Lassiter’s three-year-old daughter disappears from a playground only to return after forty frantic minutes, but her mother’s relief is short-lived–there’s a tiny puncture mark on Sophia’s arm. When doctors can find no trace of drugs in her system, Jill decides she’ll never know what happened to Sophia, but at least her child is safe.

Except she isn’t.

Someone is watching the Lassiter home in an affluent Pennsylvania suburb and infiltrating the professional and personal lives of Jill and her husband, David. Someone is about to make the Lassiters face every parent’s worst nightmare again, but this person doesn’t just want Sophia, she wants to destroy Jill’s entire family…

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I was born in New York City and moved to Indiana, Ohio, back to Indiana, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I was the always the new kid, attending nine schools in 12 years including four different high schools.

Wherever we moved, one thing was a constant—we always lived near a library and a bookstore. Books were the friends that never said goodbye and great companions on long, dusty U-Haul trips from one place to the next. Each new apartment or house became home once the books were unpacked.

I was a petty thief as a child, a skilled liar, a card cheat and a Girl Scout. I was also a bookworm (some things never change) and always wrote “reading” first on any list that asked what I did for pleasure.

I love books so much that I worked as a library aide for three years in high school and narrowly escaped being fired because I spent so much time reading the books I was supposed to be shelving!

I started writing in my early teens and knew at 15 that I wanted to be a novelist, though it took me years to realize that dream.

After high school, I attended two small colleges before graduating from Penn State with a degree in Journalism. I married and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but the wanderlust has remained. I’ve traveled to countries I read about as a child–the Cook Islands, Egypt, China, and Turkey among others. I’ve also had the good fortune to live for a time in Qatar, a country I came to regard as a second home.

Like many authors, I’ve had an assortment of jobs that paid the rent: Reporter, technical writer, freelance copywriter, and editor among others. In addition to parenting two delightful children, my resume has recently included becoming an adjunct instructor for Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction.

As a teenager, staying up late devouring the latest Stephen King novel, I used to wonder what it was like to be married to him—did his wife sleep uneasily, one hand poised to dial 911? It occurred to me recently that this is what my husband and many authors’ spouses might be doing.

I’ve always been intrigued by the dark side, by the potential for evil that lurks in all of us, by what triggers seemingly average people to commit brutal and heinous acts against other human beings. However, I’m equally fascinated by the capacity for goodness and kindness that also dwells within us, amazed and inspired by the stories of ordinary people who confront cruelty with courage or choose compassion over vengeance.

For me, it always comes back to the matter of choice. In all my writing I’m interested in exploring those turning points in our lives that make us the people we are and sometimes, for better or worse, the people we never thought we’d be.

Events

September 8, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Mt. Lebanon Library

16 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228

September 15-18, 2016
Bouchercon

New Orleans, Louisiana

September 20, 2016
Whitehall Public Library

100 Borough Park Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15236

September 22, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Northland Public Library

300 Cumberland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

September 28, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Brentwood Library

3501 Brownsville Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15227

September 29, 2016 at 7 p.m.
South Park Township Library

2575 Brownsville Rd, South Park Township, PA 15129

October 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Passages & Prose, Cooper-Siegel Community Library

403 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

October 13, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Penn Hills Library

1037 Stotler Rd, Penn Hills, PA 15235

October 24, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Skype Event – Fayetteville Free Library

300 Orchard Street, Fayetteville, NY 13066

October 25, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Northern Tier Library

4015 Dickey Rd, Gibsonia, PA 15044

October 27, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Upper St. Clair Township Library

1820 McLaughlin Run Rd, Upper St Clair, PA 15241

November 11, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Pittsburgh
College of General Studies

1400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 S. Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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