In The Works

I am thrilled to announce that Ballantine Books will be releasing my next novel in the summer of 2017!

One of my favorite parts of being a novelist is the opportunity to try on different lives and see how they fit. For The Memory Thief, I had the privilege of exploring the world of high-altitude mountaineering and ghostly visitation. And for my second novel, I delved deeper into the world of mixed martial arts (my son is a second-degree black belt, and I’ve spent countless hours in the dojang), archaeology, and the complex history of Barbados. Here’s a sneak peek into what the book is all about.

In The Works



I am thrilled to announce that Ballantine Books will be releasing my next novel in the summer of 2017!

One of my favorite parts of being a novelist is the opportunity to try on different lives and see how they fit. For The Memory Thief, I had the privilege of exploring the world of high-altitude mountaineering and ghostly visitation. And for my second novel, I delved deeper into the world of mixed martial arts (my son is a second-degree black belt, and I’ve spent countless hours in the dojang), archaeology, and the complex history of Barbados.

My second book is set partially in Charleston, South Carolina and partially in Barbados, and I visited both over the course of my extensive research. I can’t share much right now, but stay tuned for updates on the title, the cover reveal, a specific release date, and more. In the meantime, below are a few photos of Barbados that I took in the course of my research. Not exactly a hardship, as you will see! I can’t take credit for the beautiful images of Charleston–except for the cup of coffee from Collective–but they do a great job of capturing the mood.

Synopsis

When single mom and archaeologist Isabel Griffin gets an emergency phone call while on a dig in Barbados one day, her first thought is that something’s happened to her daughter, Finn—a little girl who doesn’t quite fit the norm. But when she answers the phone, the voice on the other end is the last one she expects to hear. The caller is her old boyfriend, Max—gone missing in the woods almost eight years ago and presumed dead, by everyone except Isabel. He only utters a single, mysterious sentence (“Keep her safe”) before they’re disconnected, and when Isabel tries to call him back, she’s met with the same automated message she’s been hearing for years—that the number she’s dialed is no longer in service.

Max is much more than just Isabel’s ex-boyfriend—he’s her childhood best friend and secret-keeper. He’s the one who was there for her after her mom’s unexplained disappearance fourteen years before and the only person who really understood the depth of her father’s obsession with finding his long-lost wife. And he’s Finn’s father—which Isabel had just told him the day before he vanished, less than fifty feet from the place where she was standing.

Isabel has already lost two of the people she loves the most, and she has no intention of losing Finn too. Evidence or no evidence, she is sure the phone call was from Max—and that it is a warning that her daughter is in danger. She searches in vain for a rational explanation, and finds none. But when Max begins appearing to her—in her room, on the flagstones of her backyard patio—then vanishing when she tries to talk to him, Isabel must determine whether she is losing her mind, or whether there is more to reality than she—a scientist—has ever been willing to acknowledge. She is determined to uncover the truth . . . but the more she learns about what really happened in the woods that day, the more she is forced to question all of her assumptions about love, courage and the nature of family.

Synopsis



When single mom and archaeologist Isabel Griffin gets an emergency phone call while on a dig in Barbados one day, her first thought is that something’s happened to her daughter, Finn—a little girl who doesn’t quite fit the norm. But when she answers the phone, the voice on the other end is the last one she expects to hear. The caller is her old boyfriend, Max—gone missing in the woods almost eight years ago and presumed dead, by everyone except Isabel. He only utters a single, mysterious sentence (“Keep her safe”) before they’re disconnected, and when Isabel tries to call him back, she’s met with the same automated message she’s been hearing for years—that the number she’s dialed is no longer in service.

Max is much more than just Isabel’s ex-boyfriend—he’s her childhood best friend and secret-keeper. He’s the one who was there for her after her mom’s unexplained disappearance fourteen years before and the only person who really understood the depth of her father’s obsession with finding his long-lost wife. And he’s Finn’s father—which Isabel had just told him the day before he vanished, less than fifty feet from the place where she was standing.

Isabel has already lost two of the people she loves the most, and she has no intention of losing Finn too. Evidence or no evidence, she is sure the phone call was from Max—and that it is a warning that her daughter is in danger. She searches in vain for a rational explanation, and finds none. But when Max begins appearing to her—in her room, on the flagstones of her backyard patio—then vanishing when she tries to talk to him, Isabel must determine whether she is losing her mind, or whether there is more to reality than she—a scientist—has ever been willing to acknowledge. She is determined to uncover the truth . . . but the more she learns about what really happened in the woods that day, the more she is forced to question all of her assumptions about love, courage and the nature of family.

Since the book is set partially in Charleston, South Carolina and partially in Barbados, I visited both over the course of my extensive research. Not exactly a hardship, as you will see! The photos of Barbados are mine, but I can’t take credit for the beautiful images of Charleston–except for the cup of coffee from Collective, which is there for a very specific reason. Enjoy the glimpse into Isabel and Max’s world–and stay tuned for updates on the title, the cover reveal, a specific release date, snippets from the book itself, and more.

Barbados Charleston

Behind the Scenes: My Playlist


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I write to music, and each of my books has a soundtrack. Sometimes, individual characters even have theme songs. When I have very limited time to write—or even when I don’t—listening to the music that captures the emotional tone of the book immediately opens the door to my characters’ world. I can be sitting in the middle of a crowded coffee shop with people chattering all around me, but as long as I have headphones and iTunes, my surroundings don’t matter in the least. Check out the playlist for my second novel.

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Behind the Scenes: My Playlist


I write to music, and each of my books has a soundtrack. Sometimes, individual characters even have theme songs. When I have very limited time to write—or even when I don’t—listening to the music that captures the emotional tone of the book immediately opens the door to my characters’ world. I can be sitting in the middle of a crowded coffee shop with people chattering all around me, but as long as I have headphones and iTunes, my surroundings don’t matter in the least. Check out the playlist for my second novel below.

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