Beloved: A Supernatural Thriller
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM FAULKNER AWARD
"Before I Wake" meets American Gods in a haunting, atmospheric thriller. Perfect for viewers of “Insidious” “Winchester,” “Marrowbone,” "Wilding," and “Pyewacket.” More
Shortlisted for the William Faulkner Award
"Before I Wake" meets American Gods in a haunting, atmospheric thriller. Perfect for viewers of “Insidious” “Winchester,” “Marrowbone,” "Wilding," and “Pyewacket.”
When FBI agent Priya Conlin-Kumar tracks two different serial killers hunting in the same city, she hones in on the seemingly inhuman predator who slaughters at whim. The closer Priya gets, the more intense their battle becomes. Soon it touches all the law enforcement officers--female and male--assisting with the case. Inexplicable events make Priya and her lover, the county sheriff, wonder if supernatural beings are walking through the city. Priya must access the dark, sensual power of the goddess Kali to defeat the predator. And she must do so before more civilians and law officers become the latest victims.
Showcasing magical realism and a powerful female protagonist, Beloved blends the human darkness of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) with the smart sophistication of Tana French (Dublin Murder Squad) and J.D. Robb for twisty, ingenious psychological suspense.
Comparable titles: The Wife Between Us, The Nightingale, Origin, The Alice Network, The Woman in Cabin 10, Sarah’s Key, An American Marriage, The Last Mrs. Parrish, The Wife, The Women in the Castle, Sing, Unburied, Sing, Behind Closed Doors, The Vanishing Year, The Girl Before, Fractured, I Found You, I See You, The Sister, The Perfect Girl, and Pachinko.
“Author Laine Cunningham does an excellent job in creating a tightly structured, suspenseful story. The opening scene grabs the reader by the necktie and doesn’t let go, moving quickly and confidently from the killing of Margo, an innocent young girl, to murderer Quinn to FBI agent Priya Conlin-Kumar, who finds herself dealing with two serial killers and demonic presences.
“That’s a tall order for anyone, including the author who’s telling the tale from multiple points of view. Yet with polished transitions, an ear for realistic dialogue and a flair for getting inside each character’s head, readers find themselves caught in up in the borderline real/imaginary world. Well-written and powerful.” Writer’s Digest Ebook Award Judge, Jan 2018
"A rather extraordinary novel ... that is likely to become the recipient of many awards. This intensely compelling novel [built from] fantasy, spirituality, and mystical otherworld atmospheres [with] an admixture of carnal lust ... results in a tapestry so well woven that it literally is a story that remains with the reader permanently. Highly recommended." Grady Harp, Vine Voice
"Beloved ranks among the great thrillers of all time. Cunningham combines tenacity and courage along with profound insight to create a...disturbing yet fascinating ... story. It is impossible to read this book unmoved." Pamela King Cable, Author of Televenge, ALA Top Pick
"A captivating must read!" Robin Perron, Reviewer
"A hard look into hope and horror possible in the human mind." Rich C, Reviewer
"I found it difficult to put down [this] deep, dark novel." Jennifer Cameron-Smith, Top 1000 Reviewer
"Had me on the edge of my seat from the first paragraph to the last. This fast-paced thriller is incredibly well written-a dark sensation. The setting, the prose, the plot, all of it comes together to create a nail-biting story, which draws you in." Leah Griffith, Author Cosette's Tribe
"This story is beautiful, smart, ... with lyrical storytelling and strong character development." C. Hope Clark, Author Lowcountry Bribe and The Carolina Slade Mystery Series, Editor of award-winning FundsforWriters.com
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