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Barnesandnoble.com offers you a glimpse into the mind of a psychopath. Author Mark Nykanen spent years as an investigative journalist gaining the confidence of such individuals, and now, in his debut novel, Hush, he has drawn from that experience to portray the chilling impulses at the heart of a charming and terrifyingly ingenious character.
Art therapist Celia Griswold works at a center for severely emotionally disturbed children in rural Oregon, encouraging them to express their feelings through drawing. When seven-year-old Davy Boyce, an elective mute, is brought in by his strange, threatening stepfather Chet, Celia senses that something is very wrong with the boy — his behavior is violent and his drawings suggest abuse. After attempting to voice her concerns to Chet, she is overcome with an ever-rising fear, until Chet realizes that Davy's drawings may reveal more truth than is acceptable, and what starts as a simple puzzle in her ordinary life becomes a harrowing and inescapable game of cat and mouse.
In this remarkable and spine-tingling debut, Mark Nykanen has created powerful, original characters in a gritty, bone-cold, and unforgettable thriller.