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Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of the award-winning psychological suspense novel The Marsh King’s Daughter, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the US and in 26 other countries, and The Wicked Sister (August 2020, G.P. Putnam’s Sons), chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2020.

The Marsh King’s Daughter was selected by the Library of Michigan as a 2018 Michigan Notable Book, and took home the Barry and the Crimson Scribe Awards for Best Novel. The Marsh King’s Daughter was also chosen as one of the best books of 2017 by iBooks, Hudson Booksellers, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Irish Independent, The Florida Sun-Sentinel, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness and many other booksellers and reviewers, and is in development as a major motion picture.

Karen has been active in the writing community for over twenty years. She co-founded the online writers community Backspace, and organized the Backspace Writers Conferences in New York and the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held on a private island in the Bahamas. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served as managing editor of their monthly publication, The Big Thrill, and on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology. Visit Karen at www.karen-dionne.com


Hank Phillippi Ryan is a USA Today bestselling author of 12 thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors.

Book critics call her “a master of suspense,” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.”  She’s the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction.

Her 2019 novel, The Murder List, won the prestigious Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Year. and is an Agatha, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee. NYT bestseller A.J. Finn says, “exciting, explosive, relentless,” and NYT Bestseller B.A. Paris says it’s “her best yet.”

Hank’s newest novel is the chilling psychological standalone The First to Lie. The Publishers Weekly starred review says “Stellar… Hank Phillippi Ryan could win a sixth Agatha with this one” and bestseller Sarah Pekkanen says “Book clubs will gobble it up.”

Hank is a founder of MWA University and past president of National Sisters in Crime. Learn more about Hank at www.HankPhillippiRyan.com.


The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne

For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility, tortured by the certainty that she is responsible for her parents’ deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns to the place where she once felt safest in a quest for answers: her family’s sprawling log cabin in the remote forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

As Rachel begins to uncover what really happened on that day, she learns that home can be a place of unspeakable evil, and the bond she shares with her sister might be the most poisonous of all.

Purchase The Wicked Sister at an independent bookstore near you.

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The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan

We all have our reasons for being who we are―but what if being someone else could get you what you want?

After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn’t know―she isn’t the only one plotting revenge. An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who has to choose her new reality.

Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?

Purchase The First to Lie at an independent bookstore near you.

Purchase The First to Lie online at www.bookshop.org.


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