Dark Lie

Dark Lie

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by Nancy Springer
     
 

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In this gripping psychological thriller—smart, chilling, and unrelenting—Nancy Springer establishes herself as an exciting new suspense writer with a distinctive voice and some surprises up her sleeve...

 

To their neighbors, Dorrie and Sam Whiteare a contented couple in America’s heartland, with steady jobs, a suburban home,

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In this gripping psychological thriller—smart, chilling, and unrelenting—Nancy Springer establishes herself as an exciting new suspense writer with a distinctive voice and some surprises up her sleeve...

 

To their neighbors, Dorrie and Sam Whiteare a contented couple in America’s heartland, with steady jobs, a suburban home, and plenty of community activities to keep them busy. But they’re not quite what they seem. For plain, hard-working Sam hides a depth of devotion for his wife that no one would suspect. And Dorrie is living a lie—beset by physical ailments, alone within herself...and secretly following the comings and goings of the sixteen-year-old daughter, Juliet, she gave up for adoption when she was hardly more than a child herself.

Then one day at the mall, Dorrie watches horror-stricken as Juliet is abducted, forced into a van that drives away. Instinctively, Dorrie sends her own car speeding after it—an act of reckless courage that puts her on a collision course with a depraved killer...and draws Sam into a dogged, desperate search to save his wife. As mother and daughter unite in a terrifying struggle to survive, to what extremes will Dorrie go in overcoming her own limitations...and in confronting her dark, tormented past?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her first suspense novel for adults, Springer (The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline) spins melodrama out of the secret that lupus sufferer Dorrie White has been hiding from her devoted but dull husband, Sam. As a teenager, Dorrie gave birth to a daughter who was then given up for adoption and raised as Juliet Phillips. Sneaking away one morning to the mall in her Ohio town to spy on now 16-year-old Juliet, Dorrie finds her furtive maternal pride turning to terror when she witnesses a man abduct her daughter. Frantic and unable to think clearly, Dorrie pursues the kidnapper’s van before attempting to get any aid. Her efforts to rescue Juliet, along with Sam’s search for Dorrie, occupy the remainder of the book, but tepid writing drains whatever suspense and emotion the plot should have had. Agent: Jean Naggar, Jean V. Naggar Literary. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
“A fast-paced, edge of your seat thriller.”—New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf
“A darkly riveting read...compelling.”—Wendy Corsi Staub, national bestselling author of Sleepwalker

"A truly unique and fascinating heroine."—Alison Gaylin, national bestselling author of And She Was

“A compulsive page turner that will have readers cheering on the decidedly unglamorous heroine, this thriller gets points for making the suburban mom-type the one who saves the day.”—Kirkus Reviews
 

Kirkus Reviews
A woman's deepest secret threatens her life--and that of the daughter she barely knows. To all outward appearances, Dorrie White is a sad, middle-aged housewife. Overweight and disfigured because of lupus, the former schoolteacher seems to be the long-suffering doormat of the workaholic Sam. What neither Sam nor any of their neighbors know is that Dorrie--aka Candor or Candy--had one brief, torrid affair as a teenager, before her parents forced her to leave her hometown behind. But Dorrie has never forgotten the passionate Blake, the love of her life, nor the infant that she was forced to give up for adoption. And although her dark and brooding lover is lost to her, when Dorrie locates her daughter, the beautiful Juliet, she cannot resist following her. And when she sees the girl abducted, she has no choice but to follow. What she will do to save her only child is nothing compared to the truths she will discover about the abductor and about herself. Two-time Edgar winner Springer (My Sister's Stalker, 2012, etc.) writes for a YA as well as an adult audience, and her eye for teen concerns plays well here, as does her ability to create suspense. As the author alternates among the points of view of Dorrie and other characters, most notably the quietly devoted husband, she makes the far-fetched feel plausible, building the stoic Dorrie into a protagonist of epic proportions. One plot twist, involving an elderly cop, may be one coincidence too many, but it does play into a fine finale. A compulsive page turner that will have readers cheering on the decidedly unglamorous heroine, this thriller gets points for making the suburban mom-type the one who saves the day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451238061
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,185,995
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“A fast-paced, edge of your seat thriller.”—New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf

“A darkly riveting read...compelling.”—Wendy Corsi Staub, national bestselling author of Sleepwalker

"A truly unique and fascinating heroine."—Alison Gaylin, national bestselling author of And She Was

“A compulsive page turner that will have readers cheering on the decidedly unglamorous heroine, this thriller gets points for making the suburban mom-type the one who saves the day.”Kirkus Reviews
 

Meet the Author

Nancy Springer has written fifty novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres that include mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery — although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. Dark Lie is her first venture into adult suspense. 
Born in New Jersey, Nancy Springer lived for many decades near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, of Civil War fame, raising two children, writing, riding horseback, fishing, and birdwatching. In 2007 she surprised her friends and herself by moving with her second husband to an isolated area of the Florida panhandle, where the birdwatching is spectacular and where, when fishing, she occasionally catches an alligator.

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Dark Lie 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ObsessiveReader79 More than 1 year ago
This book caused me to miss my subway stop and not want to get off the subway when I realized it so that I could KEEP READING! If you like well written, carefully plotted suspense this is a MUST READ! From Edgar award winning author Nancy Springer- her first adult novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally did not like this book. The character development was poor and I never felt fully connected with them. It took me quite a while to make it through this book. It was unrealistic and predictable.
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