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The Cottage

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A widowed mother is terrorized by a stalker with unfathomable intent in a novel of cold-blooded suspense by the Shamus Award–winning author of The Temporary Agent.

When Kate Burke is awakened one night by a sound outside her window, her PTSD is triggered. Was it simply a deer crossing her secluded backyard? Or was it intruders? Because Kate still lives with the dreadful memories of her husband’s murder during a seemingly random home invasion two years before, she knows the answer can mean the difference between life and death.

But when she discovers the unsettling ways her property has been vandalized the next day, Kate is forced to conclude the worst: someone is watching her.

Kate decides to rent out her estranged sister’s onetime cottage, which sits on her property, for the summer. Another set of eyes around the place won’t hurt. And with additional support from friends and family, Kate should be feeling safe.

Instead, the vandalism is escalating. So are the anonymous late-night calls and texts, each one more disturbing and violating than the last. Whoever is targeting Kate, whatever their motive or terrifying endgame, the footsteps in the dark are getting closer.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Shamus Award winner Daniel Judson is back with a propulsive, twisty psychological thriller about love, loss, and regret. A smart, suspenseful slow burn, The Cottage is a total pleasure." - Alafair Burke

"A propulsive, edge-of-your-seat thriller with a complex, fascinating heroine, The Cottage kept me up far too late turning pages. A truly terrific read." - Alison Gaylin

"Home is a sanctuary, and family and friends are there for you. Except in The Cottage, where nothing is as it seems. Kate is being stalked, and isn't sure who or what to trust, including her own mind. With brilliant understanding of trauma and how PTSD can throw every single relationship into question, Daniel Judson ratchets up the suspense, and while you're on the edge of your seat, you'll be guessing till the last page. This thriller is devastating and wildly unputdownable." - Luanne Rice

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