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Half Moon Bay

by Alice LaPlante

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Half Moon Bay by Alice LaPlante
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  • Published Jul 2018
    272 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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A smart, haunting tale of psychological suspense from the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of Turn of Mind.

Jane loses everything when her teenage daughter is killed in a senseless accident. Jane is devastated, but sometime later, she makes one tiny stab at a new life: she moves from San Francisco to the tiny seaside town of Half Moon Bay. She is inconsolable, and yet, as the months go by, she is able to cobble together some version of a job, of friends, of the possibility of peace.

And then, children begin to disappear. And soon, Jane sees her own pain reflected in all the parents in the town. She wonders if she will be able to live through the aching loss, the fear all around her. But as the disappearances continue, she begins to see that what her neighbors are wondering is if it is Jane herself who has unleashed the horror of loss.

Half Moon Bay is a chilling story about a mother haunted by her past. As Stewart O'Nan said about Turn of Mind - this novel "blindfolds the reader and spins her around."

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[A] well-crafted novel...This complex character study will appeal as much to mainstream fiction readers as genre fans." - Publishers Weekly

"Despite the unlikable trio of characters, this latest psychological thriller from LaPlante...is sure to satisfy the author's fans." - Library Journal

"In a book that's more acute psychological study than thriller, LaPlante uses a seductively dangerous landscape to mirror her heroine's inner life." - Kirkus

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Alice LaPlante Author Biography

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Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer who teaches at San Francisco State University and Stanford University, where she was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and held a Jones Lectureship. Raised in Chicago, she now lives with her family in Northern California.

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Alice LaPlante: La Plant (the final 'e' is silent)

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