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The Quiet Child
沉默之子
版本: 平裝304頁  2017 年 8 月 8 日  William Morrow出版
內容介紹

讀來讓人揪住心口、屏氣凝神的黑暗之作,一部家庭、人性臆測支線交錯的心理懸疑小說,捫心自問,你究竟願意付出多少代價來保護最愛的人?

 

故事從近郊住宅區的一戶家庭裡開始蔓延,勾勒出讓人不自覺深陷其中的詭譎氣氛。就連讀慣精緻、高端懸疑小說大家魯拉·利普曼(Laura Lippman)和哈蘭·科本(Harlan Coben)作品的讀者們也無法自拔。

 

故事發生在1954年的夏天,加州卡頓伍德小鎮的居民,無一倖免……

 

這起災難得從一名六歲的少年說起-丹尼‧麥奎(Danny McCray),丹尼是個生性古怪、沉默的孩子。丹尼宛如帶厄運的掃把星,只要有他的所在,災難、疾病接踵而至,死神將他身邊的一切通通摧毀,走向毀滅。例如丹尼的親生母親打從丹尼出生後,便患上怪疾、終年病魔纏身。

 

身為卡頓伍德鎮的警長吉姆‧肯特(Jim Kent),看著自己的城鎮正陷入災難。很快地,他也察覺到城鎮裡充斥著關於丹尼的迷信與謠言,攻擊丹尼的難聽言論甚囂塵上。吉姆開始擔憂這些恐慌、失去理智的居民,會為了保護自己的家人而對丹尼做出激烈的舉動。後來,一個陌生人來到了鎮上後,丹尼和他十歲的哥哥尚恩(Sean)便一起失蹤了!

 

現在,曾指控過丹尼的人都成了讓丹尼兄弟下落不明的嫌疑犯,包括他們的親生父母。警方開始尋找失蹤的丹尼和尚恩,只怕年僅不到十歲的兩兄弟一輩子都找不到了……

作者介紹

約翰‧保利 (John Burley) 為《不存在的憐憫》(The Absence of Mercy)一書之作者,其作品包含《遺忘之處》(The Forgetting Place),曾獲國家黑緞帶獎(the National Black Ribbon Award)。


約翰‧保利 (John Burley) 在芝加哥讀醫學院,並在巴爾的摩的馬里蘭州醫學中心、衝擊創傷大學急救駐院。之後繼續擔任北加州的急救醫師,和妻子、女兒同住。


www.john-burley.com.

書評

“Burley never lets the tension lag as he keeps the suspense high . . . with myriad jaw-dropping twists.” (Associated Press)

 

“Packed with tension and unexpected twists, The Quiet Child is a powerful psychological thriller set in a time before the emergence of forensic science.” (Kathy Reichs, New York Times bestselling author of Speaking in Bones)

 

“A beautifully realized thriller, full of striking imagery, and so haunting I thought about it for days afterward. It starts with a parent’s greatest nightmare—your children being abducted—and then asks: What might make you question whether you wanted them back? John Burley is a fearless talent.’ (Glen Erik Hamilton, award-winning author of Past Crimes and Hard Cold Winter)

 

“A riveting novel that engages both heart and mind. John Burley has an eye for detail, a feel for story, and a deep sympathy for his characters.” (Lou Berney, award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone)

 

“Eerie, troubling, and masterfully written, The Quiet Child is a captivating synthesis of classic suspense and the supernatural. Burley is a writer who understands the bonds of family and knows how to keep the reader in suspense until the last page.” (Christine Carbo, author of The Weight of Night)

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