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readExcerptThree months earlier, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared—and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.
The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt.
But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.

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When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire twenty years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off.

The next morning the police arrive at Nick’s house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She’s been found dead, murdered in a local motel, with Nick’s name and address on a piece of paper in her pocket.

Convinced there's a connection between the two women, Nick enlists the help of his college friend Laurel Davidson to investigate the events leading up to the night of Marissa’s death. But the young woman’s murder is only the beginning...and the truths Nick uncovers may make him wish he never doubted the lies.

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the forgotten girl









readExcerptThe past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door… and it’s his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor—she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town. But Hayden never returns. Could her disappearance have anything to do with the events of their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier when Jason’s best friend abruptly left town and was never seen again?

Kirkus Reviews says, "this satisfying read... is in the same class as Russell Banks’ The Sweet Hereafter." Order David Bell's latest novel, The Forgotten Girl, at any of the online booksellers below or at your favorite local bookstore.

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never come back

readExcerptElizabeth Hampton is consumed by grief when her mother dies unexpectedly. Leslie Hampton cared for Elizabeth’s troubled brother Ronnie’s special needs, assuming Elizabeth would take him in when the time came. But Leslie’s sudden death propels Elizabeth into a world of danger and double lives that undoes everything she thought she knew about her family and her past.

Suspense Magazine calls Never Come Back “a definite page-turner... David Bell, once again, has written an incredible, unique thriller that will have you hooked!” Never Come Back is available at the online booksellers below or at any local bookstore.







readExcerptTwenty-five-years ago, the disappearance of four-year-old Justin Manning rocked the small town of Dove Point, Ohio. Janet Manning has been haunted by the murder since the day she lost sight of her brother in the park. Now, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Justin’s death looming, a detective and a newspaper reporter have started to ask questions, opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Could the man convicted of the murder—who spent more than two decades in prison—really be innocent? And could the stranger who appears at Janet’s door in the middle of the night, claiming to know the truth, really hold the key to the mystery?

Publishers Weekly says, "Bell follows his 2011 debut, Cemetery Girl, with an artfully constructed tale...a powerful, provocative novel." The Hiding Place was a nominee for the Kentucky Literary Award and is available at the online booksellers below or any local bookstore.






readExcerptFour years after Tom and Abby's 12-year-old daughter vanishes, she is found alive but strangely calm. When the teen refuses to testify against the man connected to her disappearance, Tom decides to investigate the traumatizing case on his own. Nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

Cemetery Girl is the winner of the prestigious 2013 Le Prix Polar International de Cognac and is available at the online booksellers below or any local bookstore.


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