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Unputdownable · Psychological Suspense · Horror · Tense · Gripping

“Pulse-pounding locked-room suspense.”

Nightwatching is like nothing I've read before. I wolfed it down in two sittings; it's amazing.”—Lisa Jewell

A footstep on the stairs. A second to react. What happens next will determine everything.

Home alone with her young children during a blizzard, a mother tucks her son back into bed in the middle of the night. She hears a noise—old houses are always making some kind of noise. But this sound is disturbingly familiar: it’s the tread of footsteps, unusually heavy and slow, coming up the stairs.

She sees the figure of a man appear down the hallway, shrouded in the shadows. Terrified, she quietly wakes her children and hustles them into the oldest part of the house, a tiny, secret room concealed behind a wall. There they hide as the man searches for them, trying to tempt the children out with promises and scare the mother into surrender.

In the suffocating darkness, the mother struggles to remain calm, to plan. Should she search for a weapon or attempt escape? But then she catches another glimpse of him. That face. That voice. And at once she knows her situation is even more dire than she’d feared, because she knows exactly who he is—and what he wants.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"The most gripping psychological thriller I've ever read. Heart-thumping and mesmerizing, a masterclass in tension and terror, it's also a creative, thoughtful portrait of maternal fear and love--a must read." - Ashley Audrain

"I am trying to think of a book that has grabbed me by the throat more quickly. None comes to mind." - Linwood Barclay

"Few novels have affected me like this one. Nightwatching is acutely frightening and beautifully written, as tender as it is terrifying. I can't remember rooting for a character quite so hard!" - Abigail Dean

"Nightwatching is at once a terrifying descent into my deepest maternal fears, a blistering social critique, and an elegiac portrait of what it means - and what it takes - to endure. One of the most haunting, gripping novels I've read in a long time." - Katie Gutierrez

"So tense, so thought-provoking.The definition of 'can't put down.'" - Araminta Hall

"Breathtakingly superb on every level. A proper tour de force that delivers the highest possible grip factor from first word to last, and a more satisfying resolution than I dared to hope for." - Sophie Hannah

"Nightmarish - you won't be able to look away." - Shari Lapeña

"I loved Nightwatching. It is the most gripping thriller I have ever read." - Gillian McAllister

"Tracy Sierra is an impressive new talent. Nightwatching is riveting, by turns a chilling account of a horrifying ordeal and a whip-smart snapshot of marriage, motherhood, and the female experience in a man's world. Psychological terror at its finest." - Gilly MacMillan

"If Stephen King and Dean Koontz co-wrote a thriller, the result would be a lot like Nightwatching. Eerily atmospheric, pulse-pounding and unputdownable, this book will keep you up at night." - Sarah Pekkanen

"Nightwatching is an intense and claustrophobic thriller--it's terrifying and unputdownable." - Karin Slaughter

"Very few books are as sharp, clever, and utterly terrifying as Nightwatching. Read at your own risk." - Chris Whitaker

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