Cemetery Girl

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Cemetery Girl


Tom and Abby Stuart had everything: a perfect marriage, successful careers, and a beautiful twelve-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Then one day she vanished without a trace. For a while they grasped at every false hope and followed every empty lead, but the tragedy ended up changing their lives, overwhelming them with guilt and dread, and shattering their marriage.

Four years later, Caitlin is found alive—dirty and disheveled, yet preternaturally calm. She won’t discuss where she was or what happened. And when the police arrest a suspect connected to the disappearance, Caitlin refuses to testify, leaving the Stuarts with a choice: Let the man who may be responsible for destroying their lives walk away, or take matters into their own hands.  And when Tom decides to try to uncover the truth for himself, he finds that nothing that has happened yet can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

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Praise for: Cemetery Girl

  • Winner of Le Prix Polar International de Cognac
  • Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • American Booksellers Association IndieBound bestseller
  • Midwest Independent Booksellers bestseller
  • Target Emerging Authors selection
  • Kentucky Literary Award finalist
  • Doubleday Book Club selection

“CEMETERY GIRL is a smasher. It twists and turns and never lets go.”  —Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN “Disturbing, brilliantly engaging and a must-read for thriller fans.” Suspense Magazine “David Bell’s CEMETERY GIRL grabbed me by the throat on page one and never let up. An intense, unrelenting powerhouse of a book, and the work of a master.” —John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of DAMAGE “A tense and terrifying journey that brims with emotional authenticity. Bell manages not only to build suspense effectively but also tell a story that goes way beyond simple thrills.” —Booklist “CEMETERY GIRL is more than just an utterly compelling thriller—and it certainly is that. David Bell’s stellar novel is also a haunting meditation on the ties that bind parent to child, husband to wife, brother to brother—and what survives even under the most shattering possible circumstance. An absolutely riveting, absorbing read not to be missed.” —Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND “With the psychologically twisted CEMETERY GIRL, David Bell moves into dark territory and stakes his claim as a writer to watch. An entertaining and wicked thriller. Consider me a fan.” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of THE DRAGON FACTORY “David Bell is one of the best of the new voices of his generation. He writes with a clarity of both vision and purpose, and his characters are eerily familiar because they are just like you and me. Trust me—you’re gonna like this guy.” —Tom Monteleone, New York Times bestselling author of THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB “David Bell’s CEMETERY GIRL is a smart, tense, creepy take on the story of a missing daughter, told by her far-from-perfect father. If you think you know this tale—from all-too-familiar newspaper accounts, from lesser movies and books—then this terrific novel will make you think otherwise.” —Brock Clarke, bestselling author of AN ARSONIST’S GUIDE TO WRITER’S HOMES IN NEW ENGLAND “David Bell’s CEMETERY GIRL is my favorite kind of story because it takes the familiar and darkens it. This story is essentially about a missing little girl, but trust me: you have never read a missing persons story like this one. The reader is taken down the rabbit hole in this novel and when he comes out at the end—just beyond that mysterious and hopeful last page—he is all the better for having been invited inside Bell’s disturbing, all-too-real world. I could not stop reading CEMETERY GIRL because I had to know how it ended. A fast, mean headtrip of a thriller that reads like a collaboration between Michael Connelly and the gothic fiction of Joyce Carol Oates, CEMETERY GIRL is one of those novels that you cannot shake after it’s over. A winner on every level.”  —Will Lavender, New York Times bestselling author of DOMINANCE

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Domestic Publisher

New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Books USA

International Translations

China, France, Italy, Taiwan, United Kingdom