The Silence: A Novel

The Silence: A Novel

by Mary McGarry Morris
The Silence: A Novel

The Silence: A Novel

by Mary McGarry Morris


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From a New York Times–bestselling “writer to reckon with,” a psychological suspense about a woman whose life is fractured by a childhood crime (The New York Times Book Review).

There was the moment eight-year-old Ruth Corrigan ran away from playing in the woods with her best friend, and then the moment after, when Ceely was gone. Murdered. Now the silence of that day lives within Ruth. Lives in the judgment she sees in the faces of so many in the small town she still calls home. Ruth may be older now, tougher, a cop by trade, but her life has been unraveling ever since that tragic day in the woods. Alcohol, sex, broken marriages—nothing can lighten the truth she knows inside.

Until the child-killer returns, free and unencumbered. A predator who will act again unless Ruth can prove him guilty. Only no one will listen to a police officer on suspended duty, a woman whose life has been one personal disaster after the next, not even Maddie Pardeau Klein, her dead playmate’s older sister. It’s up to Ruth alone to trap the vicious criminal before he strikes once more. No matter what it takes. Or who gets hurt.

Praise for Mary McGarry Morris

“Morris can depict society’s outsiders . . . with rare understanding and compassion.” —Publishers Weekly

“A superb storyteller.” —The Washington Post

“Morris’s nearly flawless prose is mesmerizing.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504084109
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media, Inc.
Publication date: 03/12/2024
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 351,642
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Mary McGarry Morris grew up in Vermont and now lives on the North Shore in Massachusetts. Her first novel, Vanished, was published in 1988 and was nominated for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. A Dangerous Woman (1991) was chosen by Time magazine as one of the “Five Best Novels of the Year” and was made into a motion picture starring Debra Winger, Barbara Hershey, and Gabriel Byrne. Songs in Ordinary Time (1995) was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, which propelled it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list for many weeks, and it was adapted for a TV movie starring Sissy Spacek and Beau Bridges. Morris’s other highly acclaimed works include the novels Fiona Range (2000), A Hole in the Universe (2004), The Lost Mother (2005), The Last Secret (2009), and Light from a Distant Star (2011), as well as the play MTL: The Insanity File.
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