Once upon a time, there was a wolf...

...but this is no fairy tale

For readers of Jane Harper and Rachel Caine comes a chilling thriller from award-winning author Jen Williams. Available in the US from June 2021 under the title A Dark and Secret Place, and in the UK as Dog Rose Dirt in July .

When prodigal daughter Heather Evans returns to her family home after her mother's baffling suicide, she makes an alarming discovery--stacks and stacks of carefully preserved letters from notorious serial killer Michael Reave. The "Red Wolf," as he was dubbed by the press, has been in prison for over twenty years, serving a life sentence for the gruesome and ritualistic murders of several women across the country, although he has always protested his innocence. The police have had no reason to listen, yet Heather isn't the only one to have cause to re-examine the murders. The body of a young woman has just been found, dismembered and placed inside a tree, the corpse planted with flowers. Just as the Red Wolf once did.


What did Heather's mother know? Why did she kill herself? And with the monstrous Red Wolf safely locked inside a maximum security prison, who is stalking young women now? Teaming up with DI Ben Parker, Heather hopes to get some answers for herself and for the newest victims of this depraved murderer. Yet to do that, she must speak to Michael Reave herself, and expose herself to truths she may not be ready to face. Something dark is walking in the woods, and it knows her all too well.

“Intense and with a seam of gallows humour, A Dark and Secret Place delivers complex characters and a fascinating journey into the past and future of a sequence of unforgettable crimes. Terrifying, fun, and insightful.”

—Nathan Ripley, bestselling author of Find You in the Dark

“For fans of Tana French and Thomas Harris, A Dark and Secret Place is a taut and stylish thriller…Riveting from the first page.”

—E.G. Scott, internationally bestselling author of The Woman Inside

A Dark and Secret Place will also be released in the UK and other territories under the title Dog Rose Dirt.

Published by HarperCollins in July 2021, watch this space for more news. 


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