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Heather Young

Heather Young grew up the daughter of transplanted Iowans, and spent her childhood summers at a Minnesota lake with her Midwestern relatives. As a close observer of the small-town Midwest particularly the way its families protect and even nurture their darkest secrets she became fascinated with its unique sensibility. Her first novel, The Lost Girls, is set on a remote lake in northern Minnesota near a town like the one where four generations of her family are buried.

Heather now lives in northern California with her husband and two children. After receiving her law degree from the University of Virginia, she practiced law in San Francisco for a number of years before beginning her writing career. She received an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars in 2011, and continued her education at the Tin House Writers Workshop and the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop.

Genres: Mystery, Historical
Edgar Awards Best First Novel nominee (2017) : The Lost Girls

Heather Young recommends
The Lightkeeper's Daughters (2017)
Jean E Pendziwol
"Captured me from the very first page. . . . Crisply rendered. . . . A sensitive and moving examination of the nature of identity, the importance of family, and the possibility of second chances."
The Other Side of Everything (2018)
Lauren Doyle Owens
"The Other Side of Everything is a riveting murder mystery that also, amid all the fabulous mayhem, offers a tender, empathetic exploration of what it's like to stand at life's two great precipices: adolescence and old age. You won't be able to put it down, and after you turn the last page you won't forget its characters, young and old, who struggle to find the seeds of renewal in the shadow of tragedy. This is a fantastic debut."
You Were Made for This (2018)
Michelle Sacks
"You Were Made For This plumbs the darkness that can lie at the core of the most intimate of relationships: between husband and wife, lifelong friends, even mother and child. Michelle Sacks has a gift for empathy, and her broken sinners are so tenderly drawn that even at their worst they remain heartbreakingly human. She's also written the most complex and relatable female friendship I've read in years."
The Quintland Sisters (2019)
Shelley Wood
"...a stunning novel...Meticulously researched and sensitively told, this book is a journey not to be missed."
How Quickly She Disappears (2020)
Raymond Fleischmann
"A masterful psychological thriller that, like the best of the genre, rests squarely on richly developed characters with complicated, sometimes malignant, motivations."
A Pinch of Gluttony (2020)
(Seven Deadly Sins , book 5)
Greta Boris
"A Pinch of Gluttony is a well-paced and cleverly plotted mystery that kept me guessing until the end, and then made me gasp out loud. This series just gets better and better."
Let the Guilty Pay (2020)
(Bartholomew Beck, book 1)
Rick Treon
"...a cleverly plotted, deftly paced page-turner with complicated, deeply relatable characters. Everyone has a secret, everyone has an agenda, and Rick Treon dispenses the well-earned twists and reveals with the stiletto precision of a master."

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