After the death of her husband, Bella Jordan and her son need a fresh start. But on their way to stay with family in Chicago, they stop in Lily Dale, New York and a storm forces them to spend the night.
Chock-full of kooky psychics and mediums, Lily Dale is just the kind of quirky little town Bella's late husband always talked about settling down in. So when the local hotel's owner, Leona, passes away, Bella agrees to step in and help temporarily. The longer she and Max stay there, the more Lily Dale starts to feel like home.
But for Bella, finding a home means finding danger, too. Leona was murdered, and it's up to Bella to track down the killer before her sanctuary comes crashing down in bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub’s warm and witty series debut.
“This sweet, romantically melancholic first in a new paranormal series from bestseller Staub (Nightwatcher) introduces newly widowed Isabella Jordan, who embarks on a road trip with her young son, Max, from Bedford, N.Y., to visit her hated mother-in-law in Chicago. Car trouble strands Bella and Max in the spiritualist enclave of Lily Dale, N.Y., where they wind up attending to the needs of a very pregnant cat. In addition, the Victorian guesthouse where they're staying suddenly needs tourist-season help due to the drowning of the caretaker, Leona Gatto. The locals' attitude that contact with the dead is possible makes Bella wonder whether her beloved late husband could be watching over them, but she's terrified by dreams that suggest Leona's death was no accident. Staub doesn't overplay the quirkiness of the guesthouse residents for color, nor does she rely on ghosts and psychics to solve the murder, opting instead to pull the heartstrings of readers soft on animals, young kids, and the idea of love beyond the grave.”
— Publishers Weekly
“As she grieves after the death of her husband, Bella Jordan realizes that she needs some positive change in her life. So she leaves the home she shared with her spouse and young son and embarks on a journey that turns out to be far more strange than she intended. While she and her son are on their way to Chicago to stay with her mother-in-law, Millicent (or Maleficent, as Bella calls her, after the evil antagonist in Sleeping Beauty), their car breaks down, they come across a mystifying cat which needs rescuing, and they find themselves in Lily Dale, a quaint little town unlike any other. Somehow they are enticed to stay and take charge of an old inn that has more than a few mysteries of its own. Best-selling author Staub (In the Blink of an Eye, 2002) takes readers back to the little New York resort favored by psychics in her newest Lily Dale mystery, luring readers on a spooky journey into the unknown while lightening the mood by weaving in sweet, heartfelt, hopeful moments.” — Booklist
“Charming, witty, a cast of cats and characters that steal your heart—Nine Lives has everything, including a murder in a village full of mediums, whose “spirits” fail to foresee it. Wendy Corsi Staub has done it again. Nine Lives is marvelously entertaining reading!” — Charles Todd, best-selling author of The Inspector Rutledge Series and The Bess Crawford Series
"Wendy Corsi Staub's Nine Lives hooked me from page one. In fact I didn't want to put it down: with warm characters, an intriguing setting and just a touch of the unexplainable it's a thoroughly satisfying read.” —Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness mysteries
“I loved visiting Corsi Staub's magical world, cover to cover, and can't wait for the next in the series.” — Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of Give Up the Ghost
“Wendy Corsi Staub weaves a spectacular tale of suspense ... Lily Dale would definitely be on my must visit list. It's an appropriately quirky town with an even quirkier cast of characters – and a cat, Chance, who's adept at pulling Houdini acts. Who could ask for anything more? Definitely a must read.” — T.C. LoTempio, national bestselling author of the Nick and Nora Mysteries
$7.99 Published: Harper
September 29, 2015
From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub comes the first in a terrifying new series set in a small town with a sinister secret.
He brandishes the razor’s gleaming blade, relishing their final anguished moments. Then he claims his prize: long, silken strands of red hair. But these women are merely stand-ins…a prelude to his ultimate victim. Mundy’s Landing is famous for its picturesque setting—and for a century-old string of gruesome, unsolved murders.
Rowan returned to her hometown years ago, fleeing a momentary mistake that could have destroyed her family. Life is good here. Peaceful. Until an anonymous gift threatens everything Rowan holds dear. The town’s violent history was just the beginning. Soon everyone in Mundy’s Landing will know that the past cannot be forgotten or forgiven—not until every sin has been paid for…in blood.
“Staub sets her new trilogy in the picturesque Hudson River Valley town of Mundy's Landing, a place that has a history of murder. Those past crimes lend a creepy sense of atmosphere to Blood Red as the novel's protagonist finds herself the target of a modern-day serial killer. The juxtaposition between the book's cozy domestic setting and the ominous sense of dread as the killer gets closer is handled with perfect aplomb by Staub, who also demonstrates a real flair for being able to chill readers' blood without drenching them in gore. With its empathetic protagonist and a cleverly executed plot filled with unexpected twists and turns, Blood Red is guaranteed to keep suspense fans up long past their regularly scheduled bedtimes.”
— John Charles for Reader to Reader
“Wendy Corsi Staub writes an intense thriller that takes readers along on a killer's path of destruction. Mundy's Landing is a town that has a long history with murder. With part of the tale told from the killer's POV, you will see what he does to his victims and why. The author has way of telling the story that will keep readers glued to their seats, waiting to find out what will happen next. A thrilling read!” — RT Book Reviews
“Staub is at it again, offering up a new and terrifying series that will have readers wanting more. This book has a terrific plotline that keeps readers guessing up until the last page…” — Suspense Magazine
“Wendy Corsi Staub has created a murder masterpiece…Blood Red was one wild ride. Wendy Corsi Staub expertly sets the stage, and builds up to one hell of a crescendo. If you like murder mysteries, crime dramas, psychological thrillers or just plain good books, Blood Red is a great addition to your TBR list!” — Black Dog Speaks
“I loved Blood Red…it's suspenseful and scary. This is a serious winner!” — Alison Gaylin, author of Stay With Me
“Wendy Corsi Staub is a master of the domestic thriller, and Blood Red is a perfect example of her mastery. Lock your doors, turn on your porch light, and brace yourself for a deliciously scary novel.” — Tom Savage, author of Mrs. John Doe
“A quiet town's dark past and a serial killer's quest for his ideal victim create a perfect storm in Staub's frothy new thriller. While the subject matter may seem gruesome, the violence is fairly muted and Staub mostly maintains the suspense throughout, despite a few too many coincidences.” — Kirkus
$7.19 Published: Harper
February 24, 2015
In a chilling new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub, one woman looking for love online is entangled in a killer's terrifying scheme . . .
In the moonlight, shovelfuls of earth fall on a wooden crate at the bottom of a deep pit. Soon the hole will be filled and covered over with leaves, erasing all trace of the victim below, waking to the horror of being buried alive . . .
Newly divorced Gaby Duran isn't really expecting to find her soul mate on a dating site like InTune. She just needs a distraction from pining over her ex-husband, Ben, and the happy marriage they once had. And she's wise enough to know that online, the truth doesn't always match the profile. Almost everyone lies a little—or a lot.
But Gaby quickly discovers there is much more at stake than her lonely heart. Local singles are going missing after making online connections. And a predator is searching again for the perfect match. One who will fulfill every twisted desire . . . or die trying.
"Staub is at the top of her writing game with The Black Widow. Even suspense readers will find themselves fully engaged by the wonderfully twisted plot as Staub successfully flirts with some of the established tropes of the suspense genre only to later surprise readers by turning these same classic plot devices on their head. The Black Widow is superior, spine-tingling suspense that fans of Mary Higgins Clark’s early novels will eat up with a spoon."
-- John Charles for Reader to Reader
“A fantastic thriller that will have you trapped in its pages; Staub has made sure that it is virtually impossible to set this one aside and come back to it.”
-- Suspense Magazine
“At any given time, there were four storylines happening all at once, and yet the author manages to weave them all seamlessly together. The characters are intriguing, and the overall theme of loss and bouncing back from the past will resonate with readers. Despite the multiple storylines and characters, this novel flows amazingly well, making it easy to follow. (Four Stars)”
-- RT Bookreviews Magazine
$2.99 Published: Curtis Brown Digital
May 5, 2014
In this e-novella prequel to New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub’s psychological suspense novel THE PERFECT STRANGER (Harpercollins, on sale 7/29/14), readers are introduced to the enigmatic Johanna Hart. Abandoned by her teenaged birth mother and raised by callous grandparents, Johanna is determined to escape her bleak Midwest existence at any cost. But that blind ambition comes back to haunt her years later, after she’s reinvented herself as glamorous golden girl Jenna Coeur. Now her secret past has caught up with her, embodied in a calculating young woman who will stop at nothing to destroy her—a woman with a strangely familiar face...
“In a word: terrifying. The author's latest thriller combines a main character who quickly wins the reader's heart with tense drama that propels the story forward. The well-plotted mystery features a particularly malevolent villain whose actions will make readers think twice about relationships that develop in cyberspace. Four Stars.”
-- RT Bookreviews Magazine
$7.99 Published: Harper
July 29, 2014
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In New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub's new thriller, one woman finds herself in the crosshairs of a twisted predator who might just be masked behind a familiar screen name...
During the darkest period of her life, Landry Wells found solace in a group of bloggers who had been in her shoes and lived to tell the tale. She's shared things with her online friends that even her husband and children didn't know. Things that now, looking back, make her uneasy.
One of the bloggers is dead, victim of a random crime—or was it? Did she trust too easily; reveal too much? At the funeral a thousand miles from home, Landry is about to come face to face at last with the others. These women are her closest confidantes in the world: they understand her; they know everything about her—and one of them might be a cold-blooded killer...
"As a long time avid fan of Wendy Corsi Staub, I may be a bit biased, but THE PERFECT STRANGER really knocked it out of the park for me. This writer has honed to perfection the ability to create a story with such unique plotlines and twists that no one will ever accuse her of being formulaic or simply rewriting other plotlines. Each book is distinctive and beyond exceptional. THE PERFECT STRANGER incorporates the, sometimes, reckless world of online friendships into the "real world" where bad things can happen to wonderful people; people that are much too trusting and pay the ultimate price for that trust. There are plenty of jumpy moments that will cause your heart to pound and your nerves to shatter; all of it deliciously scary. You will find yourself drawn into the lives of Landry and her online friends because that's the way that Wendy Corsi Staub constructs it. Whether you are a fan or not, you must pick up a copy of THE PERFECT STRANGER. Just be sure to lock all of your doors and windows before reading it. You will probably want to keep a light or two on as well. Then settle in to relish suspense like you rarely experience." -- Lynn Cunningham for Fresh Fiction
"Wendy Corsi Staub is known for creating and presenting memorable characters in her novels, and there are several in the mix here. Many of them are introduced in rapid-fire progression during the first quarter of the book, with points of view changing quickly. Those who stay with the narrative (just try to let go!) will sort out the differences in personalities quickly enough and settle into the complex but intriguing storyline (and its subplots) in short order. There is also an underlying and very important theme to the book, that being the increasing tendency of people to reveal personal details online, particularly via social media. The message in THE PERFECT STRANGER is quite clear: Don’t. If you don’t have elements of paranoia in your personality when you start reading this book, you will by the time you finish. Recommended to keep you up all night." -- Joe Hartlaub for Bookreporter
"As always, Staub delivers first-rate characterizations, establishing unique and immediately identifiable personalities for each of the bloggers and their supporting cast, as well as the customary red herrings. The suspense builds to a fever-pitched crescendo in a final act that plays out against a suitably isolated setting and has chilling, poignant ramifications. But it’s the blog posts that punctuate the story that add real emotional depth, revealing critical backstory while also allowing Staub to celebrate the dignity and strength of all those who have courageously fought breast cancer, either privately or publicly. The Perfect Stranger is yet another creative gamble for the author, who has been mixing things up quite a bit in recent years to keep longtime readers on the alert—and it largely pays off. While The Good Sister was a more straightforward genre offering, this one pulls at the heartstrings as much as it teases the mind. And while that may not appeal to those seeking escapism, there’s something to be said for a book that balances thrills with thought-provocation so effortlessly." -- John Valeri for Hartford Book Examiner
$7.99 Published: Harper
September 24, 2013
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In New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub’s electrifying new thriller, a mother races to save her daughter before her darkest nightmare comes true.
Sacred Sisters Catholic girls’ school has hardly changed since Jen Archer was a student. Jen hoped her older daughter would thrive here. Instead, shy, studious Carley becomes the target of vicious bullies. But the real danger at Sacred Sisters goes much deeper.
The only person Carley can talk to is “Angel,” a kindred spirit she met online. Carley tells Angel everything—about her younger sister, about school, about the sudden death of her former best friend. Angel is her lifeline. And Angel is closer than she knows.
When another schoolgirl is found dead, Jen’s unease grows. There are too many coincidences, too many links to her past. Every instinct tells her that Carley is the next target. For someone is intent on punishing the guilty, teaching the ultimate lesson in how to fear…and how to die.
“A novel that delves into the tragic past and state of mind of a serial killer.
This is not a “whodunit.” Here, suspense is sustained by the questions: why did
the killer do it, and who will be next? The story addresses three issues: child
abuse (both pedophilia and the punitive cruelty born of rigid religious
fundamentalism); the effects of high school bullying; and the negative impact of
cybertechnology on interpersonal relationships. Fans of Criminal Minds will especially love this book.”
The Good Sister is without a doubt one of the most chilling suspense filled books I have ever read. It is also one of the saddest books showing how dangerous and destructive bullying now and through the ages truly is. Wendy Corsi Staub has outdone herself with this excellent twisted tale, and her characters are all believable, intelligent and might remind you of people you have known in your past. The Good Sister is dark, sinister, and captivating from page one.
-- Reader to Reader
"The way that the antagonist of this thriller manipulates victims via the Internet is downright chilling. Using multiple points of view, the novel reveals a twisted mind intent on
making a group of adults pay for their teenaged 'sins.' The suspense keeps you turning pages." -- RT Book Reviews
"THE GOOD SISTER is another example of just how good a writer Wendy Corsi Staub is. A creepy set up and a continuing mystery with little clues dropped along the way make for a definite page turner. Be warned, too, that just when you think you've got things figured out; you don't! There's a serious twist at the end of THE GOOD SISTER that you would never have seen coming no matter how adept you are at guessing who is guilty of what in plotlines. I guarantee that it is a definite head shaking, jaw dropping moment when you finally reach the explanation of what has been happening and the reasons behind it." -- Fresh Fiction
Taut, tense and incredibly suspenseful. This chillingly creepy psychological thriller is the perfect page-turner-Staub’s powerful and timely story-telling is captivating!” -- Hank Phillippi Ryan Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author
“Intense! Wendy Corsi Staub once again delivers a masterful psychological mystery that is both chilling and thrilling. You will not be able to put The Good Sister down until the very last page.” -- Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author
This dark tale of twisted family secrets reels you in and doesn’t let go. Fans of Gillian Flynn will love this one. Staub ratchets up the tension so high that your heart will be racing as you turn the pages. The Good Sister shows again why Staub is one of the best suspense writers today. -- Jamie Freveletti, internationally bestselling author of DEAD ASLEEP
“I haven’t been this frightened for the citizens of Buffalo, New York since I was born there! Wendy Corsi Staub weaves a tale of good sisters and fallen angels as terrifyingly chilling as the winter winds off Lake Erie!” -- Chris Grabenstein, multiple award-winning mystery author
“A chilling, captivating and all-too-timely tale of suburban suspense, THE GOOD SISTER is guaranteed to keep you up at night -- and keep a closer eye on your kids, too! I couldn’t put it down.” -- Alison Gaylin, USA Today bestselling author
"The Good Sister is without a doubt one of the most chilling suspense filled books I have ever read. It is also one of the saddest books showing how dangerous and destructive bullying now and through the ages truly is. Wendy Corsi Staub has outdone herself with this excellent twisted tale, and her characters are all believable, intelligent and might remind you of people you have known in your past. The Good Sister is dark, sinister, and captivating from page one." -- Betty Cox for Reader to Reader
"Past and present events are interspersed throughout a narrative that unfolds briskly, and a rising body count and alarming coincidences serve to amplify the tension. In addition to ratcheting up a mother’s paranoia—a trademark element in the author’s books—Staub delves into the psychology of her skillfully veiled antagonist, creating both a sense of believability and understanding as to why the sins of the past have resurfaced to wreak havoc with the present. Longtime readers will be especially pleased with this offering, as it tows the line of “the same but different” expertly.
The Good Sister represents Staub at her absolute, bone-chilling best, as she’s crafted a story that’s as timely as it is terrifying. Not only does she understand a mother’s very worst fears and convey them with conviction, but she keenly grasps both the allure and the perils of social networking—the unifying theme of this book and the two that will follow it. Readers will be helpless to resist turning pages at a relentless pace only to then close the book with a feeling of satisfaction that is tempered by the realization that we are all at risk. And, as heart-rending a thought as that may be, it’s also the truth …" -- John Valeri for Hartford Books Examiner
"A killer who calls himself "Angel" torments his teenage targets through the clever use of social media in this disturbing thriller from bestseller Staub...This is Angel's story, and it leads to a surprising and terrifying conclusion as Jen sees the connection with a tragedy from her own teenage years. You will want to monitor your children's Internet "friends" after reading this one--and you just may start looking back over your own shoulder." -- Publisher's Weekly
"Wendy Corsi Staub’s “The Good Sister” is a startling and terrifying novel. She captures the reader in a world of cyber predators, and holds them hostage. “The Good Sister” shows just how vulnerable the internet has made the world. A truly eye opening experience."" -- Suspense Magazine
"You don’t want to start reading THE GOOD SISTER just before going to bed, and not because you will stay up all night reading it. Rather, it’s the imagery that opens the book --- a scene involving a rocking chair --- that will sink itself so deeply into your cranial folds that you’ll wish for surgery to remove it. From there, Staub launches into a house-under-siege scenario that will have you checking every creak, crunch and thump in the night that you hear (or think you hear). And at that point, THE GOOD SISTER has only barely begun. It’s not just the frights and the thrills that make Staub’s suspense novels so addicting. It’s the characterization. Anyone who has picked up one of her books knows at least someone among the characters who populate her books, and THE GOOD SISTER is no exception to that rule....Surprises abound in THE GOOD SISTER. Staub will have your jaw dropping throughout the book, particularly near the conclusion (I never saw that coming). Additionally, you won’t be able to help but wonder how many of your own friends harbor similar skeletons, ambulatory and otherwise, in their own closets."" -- Joe Hartlaub for Bookreporter
$7.99 Published: Harper
August 28, 2012
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As the city sleeps in the early hours of September 10, 2001, the killer waits and watches, unaware of the cataclysm to come. Even the nightmare of 9/11 will not postpone his private reign of terror.
Allison Taylor adores her adopted city, New York, loving every minute of the invigorating urban hustle. But on a bright and clear September morning, the familiar landscape around her is savagely altered—and in the midst of widespread chaos and fear, a woman living upstairs from her is found, brutally slaughtered and mutilated.
For Allison…for her neighbor, James “Mack” MacKenna, desperately searching for news of his missing wife…for homicide detective Rocky Manzillo, hunting for a monster amid the smoking ruins of a devastated city, this tragic day will hold a special horror. Because a different kind of terror has entered their lives…and it’s coming to claim Allison Taylor as its next victim.
“Staub is boss when it comes to relaying fictionalized accounts of revulsion. “Nightwatcher” is one such book. A disturbing yet suspenseful tale that will take you into the mind of a serial killer amidst the calamity and horror of real terror on American soil.
“Staub allows glimpses into the psyche of not just the serial killer, but of his victims as well. Suspenseful, powerful, tense and—as usual—wonderfully written with an ending that will leave you guessing—well, maybe not the reader, but certainly (NYPD Detective) Manzillo. As clarification, you can read an excerpt of “Sleepwalker,” which is “Nightwatcher’s” successor in crime that Staub includes at the end of this book. A great read!”
-- Starr Gardinier Reina for Suspense Magazine
“This first book in a new trilogy starts off with a bang. The action builds right through to the explosive ending. Allison is a relatable character, and Staub really nails the atmosphere of New York immediately following 9/11. Four Stars!”
-- RT Bookreviews
“Terrifying in more than one way, this novel holds the interest of the reader from the very beginning and just does not let go.”
“Wendy Corsi Staub has always excelled at exploring the potential for terror in everyday situations and among everyday people, and Nightwatcheraffords her a real-life backdrop to work within—one in which an entire city’s vulnerabilities were exposed to a global audience. Readers, then, will be transported back to their own recollections of that fateful September morning, which both enhances the story’s potency and fosters a sense of intimacy. This might have posed a calculated risk for a lesser author, but Staub expertly offsets the horrors with humanity, showing reverence while skillfully eliciting a creepy and disturbing atmosphere.
A gifted storyteller, Staub also possesses the ability to convincingly portray multiple viewpoints. This shifting of perspectives not only lends itself to a heightened sense of suspense throughout the narrative but also to rich character development, resulting in multi-faceted personalities, whether hero, victim, or villain. As one might expect, her female protagonist is realistically flawed but entirely likable. (Secondary characters are also well-drawn and allow for an examination of the true human drama of 9/11.) The antihero is equally compelling, however, as Staub not only delves into madness itself but into the makings of madness—and how catastrophe can often trigger one’s breaking point.
Nightwatcher is everything that Staub fans have come to expect—and more. The thrills are near constant, and, combined with the waking nightmare state of 9/11, result in a high-tension and deeply visceral tale that will leave readers in a crippling state of uncertainty. The fear, the paranoia, the desperation—it leaps right off the page and gets under your skin...”
-- John Valeri for Criminal Element
“The key to this powerful...suspense is the impact of 9/11 on New Yorkers as Stalin was wrong when he said: "The death of one man is a tragedy; the death of millions is a statistic;” as the timeframe matters. A murder of one person seems callously minor (except to family, friends and neighbors) when compared to over three thousand dead in a morning. Many first responders died alongside civilians in the Towers and risked their lives afterward at Ground Zero; Manzillo’s investigation provides a normalcy like the November 1 World Series game in the Bronx as life goes on but one must never forget this day in infamy. This is a great thriller.”
-- Mystery Gazette
“I found NIGHTWATCHER to be utterly engrossing. The accurate portrayal of the events of September 11, 2001 in New York City brought tears to my eyes. Wendy Corsi Staub knows how to keep readers glued to the page and guessing who the killer is. If you like non-stop action and suspense, NIGHTWATCHER should be in your hands!”
-- Romance Junkies
$7.99 Published: Harper
September 25, 2012
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Ten years after the catastrophe, a great fallen city has risen again. Ten years after, a horror begins anew…or never truly ended.
The nightmare of 9/11 is a distant but still painful memory for Allison Taylor MacKenna—now married to Mack and living in a quiet Westchester suburb. She has moved on with her life ten years after barely escaping death at the hands of New York’s Nightwatcher serial killer. The monster is dead, having recently committed suicide in his prison cell, but something is terribly wrong. Mack has started sleepwalking, with no recollection of where his nighttime excursions are taking him. And here, north of the city, more women are being savagely murdered, their bodies bearing the Nightwatcher’s unmistakable signature.
Suddenly Allison must confront a devastating truth: her life is in jeopardy once again…and quite possibly from the man she trusts and loves.
"SLEEPWALKER is Wendy Corsi Staub’s best novel to date. I’m going out on a limb here; Staub has written over 70 novels, and I am sure folks will be coming out of the woodwork to point out the error of my ways on this issue. Fair enough; all I ask is that you read SLEEPWALKER first and then get back to me. If it’s not her best, it’s certainly in the running for that title.
"I have to tell you that the plotting of SLEEPWALKER is brilliant. You will want to read it twice --- once to enjoy and a second time just to pick up on the clues you might have missed or ignored the first time through. Also, there is a revelation at the end that you will never see coming and that goes off like a hand grenade lobbed into a small room on a quiet summer afternoon. It will have you marking your calendar for January 29, 2013 when SHADOWKILLER, the last volume in the trilogy, is scheduled to be published.
"And in the event that you need further convincing, the opening pages of SHADOWKILLER are included at the end of SLEEPWALKER, as is the introduction to NIGHTWATCHER, in case you missed the opening installment. All of this, and more, makes SLEEPWALKER a book that you do not want to miss."
-- Joe Hartlaub for Bookreporter
"Four stars. The second book of Staub's newest trilogy is a suspense-filled ride that keeps the shocks coming...in this installment, we are seeing the evolution of Allison and how past events have affected her. Her character feels very natural and realistic. As always, Staub leaves us wanting more and happy that there is another book to come in this trilogy."
-- RT Bookreviews Magazine
"Staub has built her brand on this kind of domestic suspense, so it’s no surprise that she excels at orchestrating a story that has a multitude of tensions. (The narrative also allows for keen commentary on the complexities of marriage, parenting and careers.) Not only are Allison and her children in grave peril – and perhaps from the very man who is supposed to be their protector – but nobody in their inner circle is safe. But from who? Sleepwalker is a strong and skillfully executed follow-up to Nightwatcher that works well, both as a sequel or a standalone. Staub’s decision to move the action from the city to the suburbs is a savvy one, as it provides a nod to her roots while also allowing for a fresh and intimate landscape on which to play out a disturbingly diabolical drama. Longtime fans will recognize, and appreciate, some new creative reaches that speak to the author’s ever-expanding ambitions while the more casual reader will simply fall under the spell of a good story. The book’s ending is entirely satisfactory, and there’s a final jaw-dropper that beautifully opens the door to the final installment – one that will leave you counting down the days to the New Year…" -- John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner
$7.99 Published: Harper
January 29, 2013
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Allison Taylor MacKenna feels as though she's awakened at last from a nightmare that plagued her and her family for more than a decade. But her darkest hour has yet to come…
Nestled in the warm, domestic cocoon of loving husband and family, Allison finally feels safe—unaware that a stranger's brutal murder on a Caribbean island is the first step in an intricate plan to destroy everything in her life. For seasoned NYPD detective Rocky Manzillo, the signs are clear that something terrible has emerged from the shadows: a murder victim left without a face…a wilted carnation…and a faded photograph that yields a startling connection.
Now, as Allison's murky memories of a troubled childhood creep back to light, a cunning predator who shares her history prepares to enact a horrifying retribution--and won’t stop killing until Allison faces a shocking truth...and pays the ultimate price.
Four Stars. Staub ratchets up suspense with her third in a trilogy featuring Allison Taylor. The trilogy comes to a tight and surprising close with this twisted tale...suspense oozes off the page as Taylor finders herself in jeopardy again.
-- RT Bookreviews Magazine
Alternating between past and present day, Shadowkiller serves as part sequel and part prequel. At its core, the book is an exploration of the relationships between who people once were and who they become – and the drastic measures that some will go to in order to rectify history. As Staub exposes the secrets of Allison's childhood and the circumstances leading to her and Mac's meeting, one truth becomes increasingly evident: the past is not at rest – and seemingly random events are anything but...Shadowkiller is a fitting ending to this dramatic and intricately plotted saga. The book also serves as evidence of Staub's continued willingness to take risks, as it represents more of a whydunit than the more traditional whodunit. While longtime fans may miss trying to discern the malevolent force masked behind a familiar face, Staub's strong characterizations and skillful exploration of the seemingly ordinary events that suddenly morph into extraordinary ones will sustain them. A veteran of nearly eighty books, she well knows how to keep you turning pages long into the night…
-- Hartford Books Examiner
$3.99 Published: HarperCollins, June, 2013
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SHE LOVES ME...SHE LOVES ME NOT
Life goes on. That's what young widow Rose Larrabee tells herself each day as she has to be both mother and father to her two young children, a task that leaves little time for new romance. That's why she's surprised to find the simple, homemade valentine in her mailbox, a paper heart with no signature. It could be a sweet reminder, but for Rose, the red heart has special significance...a link to a secret she shares with two other women...a secret that has just gotten one of them brutally murdered.
I WANT HER...I WANT HER DEAD
Now, as the phone rings in the night, playing a song that sends chills down Rose's spine, and more heart-shaped gifts arrive mysteriously, the young mother is determined to protect her family from a threat she cannot see but knows is there...watching. And as another woman is killed, it becomes clear that each valentine is not the gift of a secret admirer but a warning from a twisted madman who's getting closer to the very heart of her deepest fears...
"Wendy Corsi Staub does it again! Her multi-plotted and highly suspenseful novels never fail to get the heart going, this one being even better than the last. Her main, and even secondary, characters are so richly drawn, her plotting so swift, and her ability to keep the reader guessing so perfectly maneuvered, that the reader will find it virtually impossible to put this book down. If you haven't read this extremely talented author, go out and get all her books, because I guarantee, one won't be enough." -- New Mystery Reader
"If you like Mary Higgins Clark, you'll love Wendy Corsi Staub." --NY Times Bestselling Author Lisa Jackson
"Wendy Corsi Staub has written an exciting suspense thriller that will keep readers turning the pages until they find out whom the killer is. The various sub-plots seamlessly tie back to the fast-paced and intricately drawn (with subtle gothic elements) prime story line. The heroine is a woman who endears herself to the audience who hopes she will not become the murderers third victim." - Harriet Klausner
"She Loves Me Not is a story filled with tension. I was holding my breath throughout half the book, wondering who the stalker was. The best thing about this book was Rose. She kept her cool at all times and never did anything that was stupid. She had no desire to be a woman in jeopardy and I appreciated that change from many books today. I thought Staub was clever but never deceitful in her clues to the reader." - I Love A Mystery
$3.99 Published: Harper, April 23, 2013
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Lake Charlotte. A quiet little town in upstate New York. The perfect place to raise a family. Or is
it? People still talk about that summer ten years ago when four teenage girls mysteriously
disappeared. No on remembers that summer more vividly than Rory Connolly. Her older sister
Carleen vanished from her bed in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. The fear and
uncertainty of Carleen's fate destroyed Rory's family and her only escape was college. When she
left Lake Charlotte, she vowed never to return. But now, ten years later, Rory Connolly is
It's only supposed to be for the summer while her brother's away. Until then, Rory has to cope
with her mother's slow descent into insanity and her rebellious teenage sister Molly. The arrival
of Barrett Maitland only makes things worse. The handsome stranger knows to much about the
past and is constantly asking Rory questions. She wants to trust him, but can't; she's caught him
in one lie too many. It's almost as if he has something to hide.
Then, on the anniversary of the very first disappearance, another teenage girl vanishes. Just like
Carleen. Once again, Lake Charlotte is gripped in fear, and for Rory, it's the past nightmare
revisited. Only this time, her own life is in jeopardy. For walking through the streets of the town,
wearing a familiar face, is a cunning killer with a chilling personal message:
"Welcome home, Rory. You've been gone such a long time, but now that you're back, you're
never going to leave Lake Charlotte again..."
"Heavily plotted from page one...builds suspense...focused and believable." -- Kirkus
"Scary...the characters are well-drawn and the atmosphere is suitably Gothic. Staub keeps
readers guessing through a series of believable red herrings and clues." -- Publisher's Weekly
"Filled with danger, suspense, and surprises...a most delectable read. Staub is a master at
creating scary situations and the spookiest of characters. You'll find yourself looking over your
shoulder long after the last page is turned." -- Romantic Times
"Plenty of flashbacks...cause the reader to peg the stalker, mistakenly, again and again...An
entertaining tale...Succeeds as an engrossing, suspenseful thriller."--Booklist
"An edge of your seat and up all night type of suspense...as good a read as the best of Sidney
Sheldon or Mary Higgins Clark."--the Snooper...
$3.99 Published: Harper, February 19, 2013
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Dale, New York, is no ordinary town. A sleepy summer resort village, it is home to a
population of spiritualists, and the place where Julia Garrity and Kristin Shuttleworth formed a
fast friendship that would only be broken...by death.
Ten Summer Street is no ordinary house. It was in there that Kristin saw something fifteen years
ago on Halloween night. Something that would haunt her for the rest of her days. Since then,
Julia has watched both Kristin and her mother fall prey to whomever--or whatever--lurks in the
rundown lakefront cottage.
Now, Kristin's blind six-year-old daughter, Dulcie, has come to live in Lily Dale--at Ten
Summer Street. Julia recognizes a kindred spirit in the gifted child who so strongly resembles
her lost friend. Appointing herself protector, Julia is determined to coax the secrets of the house
out into the light, to discover who the little girl "sees" roaming its halls--before the murderous
force residing there makes them both its next victims...
"Horror Suspense: A mystery wrapped up with a ghost story makes for an exciting and page-turning read in Staub's new paperback. This book comes highly recommended!"
-New Mystery Reader
$3.99 Published: Harper, December 18, 2012
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Elizabeth Baxter is a quiet brunette living in the sleepy village of Windmere Cove, Rhode Island.
She doesn't socialize, has no friends, and when she's outside, she constantly looks over her
shoulder. That's because Elizabeth's living in fear. Keeping her past a secret. And sometimes,
secrets can kill....
It begins with the arrival of a pink envelope: the postmark reads Windmere Cove, and there's no
return address. Elizabeth's world crashes when she opens the card and reads the message
inside: I know who you are. Five years ago, she was Mallory Eden, Hollywood's hottest actress.
Blonde and beautiful, her life was a dream come true ... until a mysterious stalker turned it into a
nightmare and left her with no other choice but to make the everyone think she was dead and
begin a new life.
As the days progress, the tension escalates as the old pattern repeats itself: when the phone
rings, no one's on the other end; her house is broken into and ransacked. And then there's the
sense that she's being watched. Frightened, Elizabeth finds solace in the arms of Harper Smith,
the only person she has befriended in town. As their relationship deepens, Elizabeth wants to tell
Harper the truth - until she learns of his unspoken past - a past that connects to Mallory
"Plenty of flashbacks...cause the reader to peg the stalker, mistakenly, again and again...An
"An edge of your seat and up all night type of suspense...as good a read as the best of Sidney
Sheldon or Mary Higgins Clark."--the Snooper...
"Cleverly conceived and flawlessly Executed."--John Lutz, Author of The Ex and Single White
"Fade to Black belongs in the could-not-put-it-down category. It flows along like a good movie
with many dark and scary pools of dread, yet it lets you fall asleep peacefully when the last page
is turned." --Gothic Journal
"A great story told in a hip, fast-paced style that grips you from the first page and never lets go.
Full of shocking twists and turns. This is a terrific Read."--James Neal Harvey, Author of Mental
"A fast and fascinating suspense story...If you are a Mary Higgins Clark fan, you will enjoy this
one." --I Love a Mystery...
"Terrific page-turning suspense. Taut and gripping. Will keep readers up long into the night!"--
Gloria Murphy, Author of Simon Says]....
$3.99 Published: HarperCollins, October 16, 2012
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Townsend Heights is the perfect small town. Sleepy, tree-lined streets. Good Schools. A quick
commute tot he city. The sort of peaceful, suburban existence Tasha Banks dreamed of living
when she left her fast-paced career for full-time motherhood.
But now, Tasha's perfect dream is turning into a terrifying nightmare. Someone is targeting
women in Townsend Heights--and not just any women. A serial killer is looking for a particular
kind of prey...young, stay-at-home mothers...exactly like Tasha. One by one, Tasha's friends are
disappearing, only to die in horrific ways. Suddenly, terror is transforming Townsend Heights
into a sinister place of fear and foreboding--a place where evil lurks behind every corner, hiding
behind the mask of a familiar face--a face that may be the last one Tasha ever sees...
"Nicely book-ended by a brisk early murder and a clever denouement...Staub effectively
portrays the stresses of motherhood and draws her characters with sympathetic detail...Staub's
daring ending is an attention grabber." (Publisher's Weekly 2/5/01)
[RT Top Pick/Gold Medal Review] The Last To Know is a deliciously creepy novel that will
have you looking over your shoulder as you read. The thrills are intense, the heroine easy to
identify with, and the suspense never stops. Only the brave will read this when they're home
alone." (Romantic Times, March 2001)
"This suspense thriller runs the gamut of emotions from start to finish. It's a book not to be
missed if you want your heart to beat faster, if you want to constantly look behind you, and if
you want to sleep with the lights on. Don't go out alone and don't turn your back; it could kill
you. If Ms. Staub wanted to scare us, she did. It's great!" (Old Book Barn Gazette 1/24/01)
"Wendy Corsi Staub is making quite a popular name for herself amidst the psychological
suspense audience as a master of escalating tension that even frightens the reader. THE LAST
TO KNOW is not the type of action thriller that one reads when no one else is around because as
it happened to Jane, it could happen to you." (Midwest Book Review)
$3.99 Published: HarperCollins, July 24, 2012
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On a windswept New England island, he waits, fingering the satin-and-lace wedding gowns he's had made for each of them...the dresses they will wear when he kills them.
Three women have come to the Bramble Rose Inn. For Sandy Cavelli, it's a chance to meet the romantic man who answered her personal ad. Liza Danning hopes to land a publishing deal with a reclusive author. And for Jennie Towne, it's an opportunity to get away, even if it means pretending to be her twin sister who won the weekend in a charity raffle. They're three women with nothing in common...or so it seems...
Now, as a storm bears down on the eerie, isolated inn, three women are plunged into a terrifying fight for survival. For someone has chosen them, someone consumed by revenge, someone who wants to have them all for better...for worse...till death do us part...
"Haunting suspense story of three women in jeopardy. Packed with Gothic elements, this book
offers a breathless, masterful roller-coaster ride. The isolated Victorian mansion holds many
secrets, enhanced by a creepy atmosphere and the unrelenting stormy weather. Wendy Corsi
Staub is a superb writer who leaves no strands dangling in her complex plot. Her characters are
courageous, real people whom the reader cares about. Dearly Beloved is a terrifyingly good
read." -- Gothic Journal
$7.99 Published: Avon Books
September 27, 2011
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Survivors of a serial killer who invaded their childhood, Lucy Walsh and Jeremy Cavalon are married now, replacing nightmares of their terrifying past with joyful dreams of the upcoming birth of their first child. Fiercely determined to protect the fragile balance of their lives, Lucy doesn't know that her new husband guards a deadly secret…or that an Act of God is about to unleash a vengeful fury.
For shell-shocked Lucy and Jeremy, the horrible death of a loved one is a tragic accident. But for a shadowy predator, it's the first step toward completing a deadly mission that was interrupted so long ago. Now, at last, the members of the Walsh and Cavalon families will pay for their sins, one by one…
Staub’s latest explores trust and the after-effects of bloodshed, and is filled with suspense, hope, and psychological manipulation. Plot, terror, and empathy for the plight of these people escalates like a freight train fighting the wind to deliver Christmas presents by December 25th. Staub’s suspense works and so do her characters. If you like women in peril and the suspense they face, pick up a copy of Hell to Pay.
I personally have been a Wendy Corsi Staub fan for years. I've probably read close to everything she's published and I can't recommend her enough to those that like suspenseful novels. HELL TO PAY is no exception. Ms. Staub has, once again, crafted a nerve jangling book that is really hard to put down until the last page. -- Fresh Fiction
"The narrative...stands on its own, with Staub's trademark twists, turns, surprises and thrills carrying the day"
-- Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter.com
"The terror is very real—neither Jeremy nor Lucy is aware someone hunts them. The deranged maniac's shocking plans create gruesome scenes which will leave you tensely turning pages; don't expect a good night's sleep."
-- Romance Reviews Today
"Action-packed, emotional and suspenseful, HELL TO PAY is an adrenaline pumping read."
-- Minding Spot
"(Staub) once more does a superb job of showing that evil can happen to anyone, anywhere. (She) also didn't shy away from the horrors that the past brings to the present. Too often in books, people who have been through traumatic experiences are shockingly healthy and well adjusted as adults. All of these people bear tremendous scars, and the only thing keeping them going is each other and their own awareness that the ugliness is there and must be dealt with regularly. It was painful to see what some of my favorite characters had gone through, and yet it made the whole reading experience much more poignant and realistic." -- All About Romance
"Staub is well known for her depictions of women in peril, and Lucy Walsh is a particularly strong example of this...Staub infuses new blood (if you'll pardon the expression) into a series that could easily have drifted into the ordinary. Rather, the fifteen year gap in time coupled with the shift in focus takes the story in exciting and unexpected new directions. It also allows the author to examine the after-effects of the bloodshed, deception and dysfunction that punctuated the events of the first two books—a penetrating perspective that should give readers pause to consider the consequences of real-world situations even as they strive furiously to assemble the pieces of Staub's intricately crafted puzzle.
With this book, Staub offers an exceptional conclusion to a well-executed and often unpredictable trilogy. She methodically brings the story full circle, merging past and present in a terrifying series of events that reminds us that one person's happy ending often comes at the expense of somebody else's. As unsettling a truth as this may be, it's one that needs to be reckoned with. Because if it's not, there just may be Hell to Pay…"
-- Hartford Examiner
In the February 2010 issue of Suspense Magazine, Wendy Corsi Staub expressed her continuing interest in themes that reflect domestic concerns. 'Many of my books aren't technically romantic suspense, in that there is often no central romantic conflict—not in the sense of a hero and heroine falling in love in the course of the plot, anyway,' she pointed out. 'I'm much more likely to delve into issues involving marital love and parenting and familial trust.' All three of these issues provide the core of Staub's Live To Tell books. Hell To Pay offers a fitting conclusion to that trilogy. Like the previous generation of Cavalons and Walshes, Lucy and Jeremy learn that there is nothing they will not do to save the life of their child."
-- National Examiner
"In the season of family homecomings, (a) young couple are stalked by a crazed killer from their tragic past who is bent on a most terrible revenge. Wendy Corsi Staub knows how to replaces the 'Merry' with the very 'Macabre' in this Christmas horror story, Hell to Pay."
-- Iron Mountain Daily News
This book is terrifying and the suspense builds to a dramatic climax. The Walsh and Cavalon families were first introduced in Live To Tell. Their story continued in Scared to Death. If you haven't read the first two books, the author gives enough background that Hell To Pay is an enjoyable read. I've read all three books and can recommend the series as an exciting one with many surprises."
$7.99 Published: Avon Books
December 28, 2010
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Elsa Cavalon—petrified that the nightmare from fifteen years earlier is beginning all over again…
Marin Quinn—hiding with her daughters in their concrete fortress…her storybook marriage over…
Perfect strangers whose once-perfect lives were cruelly shattered, they're bound by a long lost child , a fragile strand of newfound maternal hope—and mutual loneliness. Yet Elsa and Marin are never truly alone. Someone is always nearby, watching them and their children. Someone driven by vengeance and the simple poetry of nursery rhymes…Someone who must satisfy dark need with innocent blood. And now time is running out for two mothers stalked by a cunning mastermind who wants to leave them…
SCARED TO DEATH
"Staub explores the conflict every parent feels between reasonable care for the safety of their children and paranoia in this compelling, well-crafted suspense novel. Elsa Cavalon, who's trying to rebuild her life in Groton, Conn., 15 years after the kidnapping of her seven-year-old adopted son, Jeremy, and his later reported murder, doubts her sanity even as she worries that a stalker is prowling around the bedroom of her new seven-year-old adopted daughter, Renny. Meanwhile, Marin Quinn, a Manhattan socialite whose life has been crushed by the arrest of her congressman husband, finds that difficulties raising her daughters alone remind her of the trauma of secretly giving up Jeremy at birth. But long-missing Jeremy isn't dead, and his jealousy as he secretly watches the two families that have moved on without him drives a story that raises fears about losing loved ones almost any reader can sympathize with."
-- Publishers Weekly
"By pointing out the apparent 'ordinariness' of the Cavalon family, Staub convinces her readers that their children too could be at risk. In one such scene, Elsa and Brett walk with Renny between them to meet Mike Fantoni, the private detective who investigated Jeremy's case. They each hold on to one of Renny's hands. Elsa reflects on how they must appear to passersby. 'To them, she knows, she and Brett and Renny must appear to be just an ordinary family. No one would ever imagine that the parents are hanging on to the child for dear life.'
Scared to Death, like Live to Tell, demonstrates Wendy Corsi Staub's talent for depicting the menace behind everyday events."
"Scared to Death is aptly titled — the momentum and chills keep going throughout the entire book. While it may take some readers a little while to get all of the characters straight, each one is richly written, with his or her own personalities and quirks. Some of the characters have been seen before in a previous Staub novel, but there is no need to have read it to follow this story"
-- RT BOOKreviews
"The outcome initially appears obvious, but that just wouldn't be Staub's style. Each twist and turn is methodical, meant to build anxiety as she cleverly yanks the rug out from underneath."
-- Shannon Raab for Suspense Magazine
"A fast-paced, thrilling ride of suspense and terror that will keep readers guessing till the end."
-- Fresh Fiction
"I love Wendy Corsi Staub. Seriously. Every time I go to her signings I am reminded of what a kind human being she is. She has not forgotten where she came from and she is truly thankful for her community. It's great. This book was the follow up to Live to Tell and, as usual, I was hooked from the first page. The killer was a complete surprise, in fact I thought it was someone else and I had convinced myself 100% that I figured it out...but I was wrong. Don't you love that? I can't wait for the third book in this trilogy!"
-- Confessions of a Bookaholic
"Staub can wring more terror out of a walk down the hallway of a New York townhouse than many writers can conjure out of an entire city. She is also a master of the “for want of a nail, the kingdom was lost” school of plotting. In the world of SCARED TO DEATH, the failure to charge a cell phone or inventory a child's toy bag can be an event that leads to a frantic and deadly turn of events. Staub did this to wonderful effect in LIVE TO TELL with a stuffed animal, and takes this plot device to even greater heights here. She uses these tools to create a series of plot twists that the reader never sees coming, leading to a frightening conclusion that is stunning in its presentation and brilliant in its execution.
"SCARED TO DEATH is a complete work in itself, with a definite ending and resolution. But more is coming. HELL TO PAY, the third book in the series, is excerpted in this novel and appears every bit as frightening and haunting as its predecessors. Wendy Corsi Staub is an author who is not to be missed."
-- Joe Hartlaub for Bookreporter
"SCARED TO DEATH by Wendy Corsi Staub was a gripping, intense novel I could hardly put down. Filled with action, suspense and creepy antagonists, this story had me turning the pages to find out what happens next."
-- Night Owl Reviews
$7.99 Published: Avon Books
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In a lovely suburban town just north of New York City, the gossip mill runs more efficiently than the commuter train line. And in every impeccably decorated house, they're talking about Lauren Walsh. They say that nothing could be worse than being abandoned by your husband for another woman. They're wrong …
Secrets can shock …
All Lauren wants is to protect her children from the pain of her messy divorce. But when their father goes missing, a case of mistaken identity puts all their lives in danger, and a stealthy predator lurks in the shadows, watching…waiting…
Secrets can kill …
Lauren is about to uncover an unfathomable truth—a truth this cold-blooded mastermind would never let her live to tell…
Staub (Dead Before Dark) follows an innocuous stuffed animal into a widening spiral of intrigue in this absorbing series launch. Newly single mom Lauren Walsh asks her ex, Nick, to look for their daughter's toy rabbit in the lost and found at Grand Central Station. In the heart of Manhattan, Congressman Garvey Quinn is riding a popularity wave that could carry him to the White House-but only if he can keep a certain dark secret from bubbling into public view. And in a small Connecticut town, Elsa and Brett Cavalon are still grieving 14 years after their son was kidnapped from their backyard. The connections among these troubled families are slow to reveal themselves, but once Staub's brilliant characterizations and top-notch narrative skills grab hold, they don't let go.
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Solid gold suspense ... this one is a wild ride.
#1 NY Times Bestselling Author Lee Child
I couldn't put it down!
#1 NY Times Bestselling Author Lisa Jackson
Live to Tell is Wendy Corsi Staub at her best. A superbly crafted plot and characters who immediately draw you into the story makes this subtle yet terrifying thriller a must read.
NY Times Bestselling Author Beverly Barton
Clever, well-written and riveting. Wendy Corsi Staub is a master storyteller!
NY Times Best-selling Author Brenda Novak
(Four Stars) Staub is a master of making the everyday somehow terrifying and giving a seemingly innocuous action life-altering implications. In her latest, she weaves an ominous plot together through several separate strands, stretching out the suspense until it all scarily comes together. Then Staub leaves the reader rather unsettled, as the ending is really the beginning of her next thriller. All one can do is be patient until it arrives.
RT Bookreviews Magazine
Much like a roller coaster, LIVE TO TELL starts off slow and deliberate but quickly builds up speed, delivering twists, turns, and thrills before coming to a satisfying halt--all while leaving open the possibility to another go 'round.
Hartford Books Examiner
As any fan will tell you, Staub's characters are rich with personality and building plotlines with texture and depth is her specialty. What would you do to save your children? The answer to that question is the underlying foundation in "Live to Tell". While the initial thread between each may be invisible at the start, when the pieces begin to fall into place, the suspense is almost palpable and you won't be able to set "Live to Tell" down.
One would think that Wendy Corsi Staub is seven people inhabiting the body of one, writing thrillers and young adult books under her own name while penning women's fiction titles under a pseudonym. What is more impressive than the quantity of her work, however, is its sustained quality. Reading her is akin to watching someone walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls: you wonder how long that person is going to be able to keep doing it without slipping. The answer --- at least in Staub's case --- is not yet, if ever, given that her latest work is one of her best to date.
The MacGuffin that propels LIVE TO TELL is a stuffed pink rabbit that belongs to Sadie Walsh, a four-year-old girl whose parents, Nick and Lauren, have just separated. The rabbit, named Fred, has gone missing after an excursion into New York, possibly in Grand Central Station. Nick, the absent father, is shamed into retrieving Fred from the Grand Central Lost and Found. Though he dutifully makes the effort, he collects the wrong pink stuffed animal. Sounds like a Helen Fuller Orton story, right? Well, it's not. Someone wants the stuffed animal that Sadie now has and will do anything to get it. Secreted within it, you see, is a memory stick that has some extremely interesting background data on a political candidate.
In lesser hands this could have been a comedic novel, but LIVE TO TELL is no comedy, as there is some domestic drama that darkens the picture. Lauren has been summarily dumped by her husband.
And --- this is pure genius --- Nick has left her for an older woman. Not much older, but the conventional wisdom is that men of a certain age automatically stray with a (much) younger woman, though the book presents a vastly different and more highly believable scenario. The devastation visited upon Nick and Lauren's two other, older children by Nick's absence is quietly but effectively portrayed as well, even as they go about their lives, unaware that the entire family is being observed with bad intent and in plain sight. And where is the stuffed animal with the goods? Only Sadie knows for sure, and she isn't telling.
LIVE TO TELL, though it stands very well entirely on its own, is the first book of a trilogy that, at least from initial appearances, plays out the thick thread of unintended consequence that radiates bad actions. A preview of the second installment, SCARED TO DEATH (to be published later this year), is included at the end of the novel. It appears that this upcoming book may be even better than the current one. My best advice: read LIVE TO TELL now and wait for the next two volumes. You won't be sorry.
Joe Hartlaub for Bookreporter
Wendy Corsi Staub has created strong, emotionally drawn characters who will sweep you up and draw you into LIVE TO TELL. There is not a moment you will be able to put this book down without thinking about what is going to happen next. I thought the plot was deliciously written to carry the thrilling story to the last sentence. Fantastic! New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub takes thriller writing to a new level with "Live to Tell", her strongest book to date. Fresh Fiction
"When Lauren Walsh's soon-to-be ex husband retrieves what he assumes to be his daughter's favorite stuffed animal from Grand Central Station's lost and found, nobody in this broken family is prepared for the dangerous events that follow. Hidden in the mistakenly retrieved toy is a file that can bring down a rich and powerful man, and the secrets it reveals are not only career killing secrets, but ones that can destroy his family and his reputation as a morally upstanding citizen, leading to a path of destruction and death for anyone who comes in contact with the file. All of which puts this Lauren's family in jeopardy as those that seek the file become more desperate to find it, wiping out anyone on their path. Corsi Staub has long been a personal favorite of mine; her mastery at domestic suspense almost unrivaled. And now that she's settled in with a new publisher, thankfully it seems that she intends to continue writing what she's so good at without pause. Blending nonstop thrills with closer-to-home family dramas such as divorce, raising teenagers, and the fallout for a family broken by betrayal, she brings readers a novel that is both exciting and heartfelt. As this seems like the first in a series, get in now, as what's to follow will surely be just as good." New Mystery Reader
"Wendy Corsi Staub's LIVE TO TELL is an awesome work of suspense! Well-plotted, well-imagined, and rich in emotional and character details, LIVE TO TELL takes an all too common scenario, divorce, and twists ideas of family trust and protection into a terrifying scenario. LIVE TO TELL grabs from the very first pages as the reader enters Lauren's world. The author captures perfectly Lauren's distrust and self-questioning following her divorce. The awkwardness she experiences before others now, trying to appear strong while she becomes the subject of the gossip mill, at once makes a reader connect with her while also creating heightened tension as the reader understands more the stakes. As Lauren's story unfolds, Wendy Corsi Staub alternates point of view, bringing the reader into the thoughts of those whose need for secrecy threaten Lauren and her children. Most chilling of all are those sections when the author allows the reader a peek into the emotions and thoughts of the youngest child Sadie. One empathizes with her while, at the same time, wanting to protect her. Unlike Lauren, the reader knows the danger approaching but not the reason or all the interconnections until the very last page. The ending is perfect! Wendy Corsi Staub brings everything together at the end, yet also leaves the reader with a bone-chilling line, a line that makes this reader most anxious to read the next book, SCARED TO DEATH. LIVE TO TELL satisfies a reader's craving for rich intricate suspense. LIVE TO TELL is more than a quick action-packed race to the finish. Each moment brings the reader more and more into Lauren's world, and the villain's, creating an intensifying, unnerving, thrilling reading experience. The novel becomes richer and richer as it progresses with the gradual unveiling of the secret as the clock counts down. LIVE TO TELL reminds this reader, an avid reader of suspense, of the power of the genre. LIVE TO TELL is several cuts above most of the suspense published today. Simply outstanding!" Book Illuminations
"As the suspense builds, the reader begins to understand the background story and what draws these families together. Live To Tell is a very exciting story that keeps the reader turning pages well into the night." Mysteries Galore"An enthralling suspenseful tale that starts with small facts and seemingly unrelated events, which gradually coalesce into a rapidly snowballing juggernaut. Staub's facility at developing realistic characters with their complex set of problems enhance the believability of this tale that superficially is about the impact of a man's midlife crisis upon his wife and children. Several red herrings keep the reader guessing and the various storylines weave a complex tapestry that continues beyond this novel." – Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick
"It is a relentless and driving force of nature to safeguard our children against all dangers, but when that danger is life-threatening, is there anything we will not do to protect them? I am not too sure that any one of us really wants to find out just how far we would go, but unlike Garvey, most of us have limits. The characters in this story are embittered with a whole host of anxieties, fears, and insecurities that shadow them every step of the way, but it is Lauren's constant self recriminations that I find the hardest to take. The pain of betrayal, the loss of a child, and the fear of exposure all conspire to make this a hair-raising and heart-wrenching read from beginning to end. "– Coffee Time Romance & More
"I love books based upon what I call Ordinary Evil that begins with an event that can happen to anyone. A car accident. An unwanted pregnancy. A child picking up something they shouldn't. It is what happens after that takes these ordinary instances - accidents typically, mild carelessness at worst - into devastating crime. And the best part? It is normally a slow buildup, a character doing things out of character until suddenly, they aren't even who they thought they were anymore. LIVE TO TELL is just such a book, eerily combining the everyday with the horrific, making the tale all that more chilling in the telling. Live to Tell takes the bonds that we all rely on everyday and shows how twisting or breaking them can blow up in our faces. It is an edge of your seat thriller, the type of book that takes off and is hard to put down once it does. A good read for anyone who likes suspense. I will be reading the sequel Scared to Death when it comes out in December." – Maggie Boyd for All About Romance
“Riveting and gripping with several interwoven plots Wendy Corsi Staub has written a tense and suspenseful tale!” – Reader To Reader
“LIVE TO TELL will keep you riveted to your seat. Suddenly, you will want to do nothing else with your time other than finish this book. The realness of the characters, the tangible pain of Lauren, and the underlying fear of the story line will stay with you long after you have closed the book. Wendy Corsi Staub does a tremendous job. This is a must read for any suspense/ mystery readers!
– Kathy Fisher for The Romance Reader's Connection,” Rating: 4 1/2
The author's writing style and description of events grip and pull you in within the first few pages. The story takes place over an approximate time span of two weeks. Each chapter is written with information of each involved family according to the time line, which makes the reader want to read just one more chapter until the very end. In this gripping story are sub-plot mini mysteries that come together in an explosive ending. This is the first book of a series. If your genre of favorite reads is suspense or you just happen to be in the mood for a good mystery, I suggest you should read this book before Scared To Death is published later this year. --Mysteries Galore
“The back-story of each of the three main characters is doled out very slowly as the tale unfolds, over and beyond the first two to three hundred pages and beyond. As it does, the reader – and the characters – are unsure who is what he, or she, appears to be and who can be trusted. I for one was totally unprepared for the point at which they converge. All does not even start to become clear until well over 300 pages have been turned, as the tale shifts into overdrive. Suspenseful and eminently readable, the book is recommended. [The reader is given a peak at the next novel by this author,Scared to Death, in which at least some of these characters reappear.]”
– Spinetingler Magazine
$25.99 Published: Forge Books
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New York Times bestselling author Lee Child has teamed up with the International Thriller Writers for First Thrills, a showcase of many of the organization's bestselling authors as well as rising stars in the genre.
First Thrills will include never-before-published stories by New York Times bestselling authors including Lee Child, Stephen Coonts, Jeffrey Deaver, Heather Graham, Joan Johnston, John Lescroart, Alex Kava and Deb Carlin, Michael Palmer (with Daniel James Palmer), Karin Slaughter, and Wendy Corsi Staub.
This collection also serves as a great introduction to those whom the ITW has christened its rising stars, including Sean Michael Bailey, Ken Bruen, Ryan Brown, Bill Cameron, Rebecca Cantrell, Karen Dionne, JT Ellison, Theo Gangi, Rip Gerber, Gregg Hurwitz, CJ Lyons, Grant Mackenzie, Marc Paoletti, Cynthia Robinson, and Kelli Stanley.
$7.99 Published: Zebra Books
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THE SUN GOES DOWN…
The Night Watchman is ready to kill—again. After thirty-five years in prison, he is free to commit the same twisted atrocities that once made him as notorious as the Zodiac Killer and Jack the Ripper. Now, at last, his moment has come...
THE NIGHTMARE BEGINS…
For renowned psychic Lucinda Sloan, fame is a double-edged sword. Through her television appearances, she helps police capture America's most elusive serial killers. Unfortunately, she also catches the eye of the Night Watchman. Once this madman learns that Lucinda “sees” murders after they're committed, it's time to play…
…AND THE FEAR NEVER ENDS.
The first victim is someone she knows—a personal shock that brings Lucinda closer to her ex-lover, Detective Randall Barakat. Then a second murder in Chicago, and a third in Denver, makes her realize that the Night Watchman is toying with her. Each victim wears a wristwatch…each watch bears a message... and each message is a warning for Lucinda that her time is up—and soon she'll be next to die…
“Staub keeps things taut and unpredictable…a surprisingly effective thriller.” —Publishers Weekly
In this intense follow-up to 2008's DYING BREATH, just as self-described psychic detective Lucinda Sloan is helpless to stop a monomaniacal serial killer, readers will be helpless to stop turning pages until the end. From the moment the killer branded the Night Watchman sees Lucinda on television, he knows that she will be the grand finale in his latest series of brutal murders. He busies himself sending cryptic messages to her and her friend, Cam Hastings, whose daughter was kidnapped the previous summer and whose sister was the victim of a long-ago murder. Retired FBI agent Vic Shattuck, who is writing a book about the Night Watchman, also receives messages that only tease at the edges of clues about the next victim. A few inconsistencies are tiny bumps on the twisty road to the chilling conclusion. -- Publishers Weekly
Staub's masterful use of suspense keeps readers turning the pages of this twisted tale about a serial killer who involves a psychic detective in his deadly ame of cat and mouse. The vast array of possible suspects will have you guessing at the true identity of the killer. -- RT BOOKreviews
From first page to last the anticipation builds and the characters refuse to let you put their story aside. These characters are outstanding, and their chilling story is brilliant. DEAD BEFORE DARK is an expertly crafted, dark, deadly, and dangerously addictive tale. Wendy Corsi Staub continues to mesmerize her faithful followers, and new readers alike, with this extraordinary thriller. -- Reader to Reader
Action, adventure and mystery abound in this one! Ms. Corsi Staub knows how to keep a reader on the edge of their seat. One turn leads to another and not one of them is predictable. The story moves at a fast pace, but the reader is able to keep up fairly easily. As a woman who spends evenings home alone while my husband works, I did find myself turning on more and more lights as I continued reading. Dead Before Dark should fulfill any reader's desire to be scared and thrilled. -- Coffee Time Romance & More
Staub weaves secondary characters and subplots into this complex and chilling tale with ease, creating a world where nobody is safe and everyone is suspect. You will find yourself turning pages at a frenzied pace to reach the story's conclusion, which is both shattering and surprising. While the whole haunted house thing has been done before, you can be sure that it has never been done like this! -- John Valeri, Hartford Books Examiner
Although serial killers sending clues to the cops have been around for quite a long time, DEAD BEFORE DARK is a terrific thriller starring an evil, efficient and effective psychopath and the three people he chooses to spice up his second coming. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the reader meets the Night Watchman, who knows his first task as a free man is to kill. Sub-genre fans will appreciate this fine saga as Lucinda realizes by the third homicide that the serial killer is playing chess with her. -- Harriet Klausner
DEAD BEFORE DARK is a tautly told, evenly paced, blood- chilling thriller from beginning to end. The villain is a vile, twisted individual who truly loves his handiwork, and appreciates Lucinda's intelligence. Lucinda Sloan is a worthy opponent -- it's too bad she will have to die.This is a first class tale written by an equally first class author. "Beach reading" doesn't get any better than this one. -- Fresh Fiction
$6.99 Published: Zebra Books
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A SEASIDE RETREAT…
It's summer on the Jersey Shore. Children play on the beach. Husbands are off working in the city. And the surf echoes in the night. Here, in this perfect place, a serial killer has no worries in the world—except choosing the next victim…
HAS JUST BECOME…
Cam Hastings has come to Long Beach Island with her teenage daughter and the hope that maybe she can save her failed marriage. Cam has never stopped loving her husband Mike nor has she been able to outrun her flaws and demons—a vanished mother, a lost sister, and the ugly visions she has of missing children…
A KILLER'S FAVORITE PLAYGROUND…
Now, Cam is about to step over the edge. For once, she will act on one of her visions—and then face the consequences. For a killer has just struck again. And for Cam, and the people she loves most, fear has come home for good…
"Dying Breath (is) the perfect beach blanket book for the summer of 2008." -- Asbury Park Press
(Four Stars!) Staub's books, filled with emotion and terrifying details, are impossible to put down. She writes in the present tense, which can take some getting used to, and the chapters are often divided abruptly between the many characters and plotlines. In the end, however, the threads are pulled together and your heart can stop pounding. --Page Traynor for RT Bookreviews Magazine
Wendy Corsi Staub has been compared to Mary Higgins Clark for good reason. Even though you may begin to figure some things out fairly early in Dying Breath, you will be so drawn into the story, intrigued with the plot, the characters, and the fine details the author feathers in, your intrigue will keep you bolted to the book to its very satisfying conclusion. If a novel had volume, Dying Breath would be almost too loud to bear at the end as it builds in intensity and conflict. This is one of those books that will keep you reading way past your bedtime. This was my first book by Wendy Corsi Staub, and it won't be my last. Highly recommended. --Peg Brantley for Armchair Interviews
Once the table is set by talented Wendy Corsi Staub, readers will appreciate the increasingly tense tale as the audience can feel the horror eating at Cam's gut. She is a fabulous protagonist as she learns no good deed goes unpunished yet cannot ignore her visions partially because she was helpless when her sister died and her mother disappeared; fans will root for her as she and Mike struggle to save Tess. --Harriet Klausner for The Mystery Gazette
$6.99 Published: Zebra Books May 2007
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In a remote, heavily wooded area near a Berkshires college campus, Rachel Lorant died on her birthday. But she didn't die alone. That night, her four sorority sisters make a solemn, trembling pledge. They will never reveal what has just happened in those woods-ever. Instead, they will take their terrible secret to their graves.
DON'T THINK ABOUT THE PAST.
Now, ten years later, their secret is coming back to haunt them as each receives a card in the mail from Rachel: "Happy Birthday to Me. xoxo R." It's clear that somebody knows what happened that night. Someone is stalking them, sending mysterious and chilling gifts that only they can understand-deadly warnings of what is to come. For the sins of the past have come back with a vengeance, and a killer will see that they all pay in blood.
AND WHATEVER YOU DO-DON'T SCREAM.
Brynn Costello has never felt such pure fear. She didn't want any part in what happened so long ago, but now, the mother of two will do anything to stay alive and protect her family-even if it means matching wits with a killer she can't see.a twisted psychopath who is closer than she thinks and who is saving her death for last.
"DON'T SCREAM is an incredibly chilling novel that proves that Ms. Staub is a master of her craft! You are spooked, touched and want to jump inside the pages to help save lives. The characters are as real as you and I, so are their life stories. What got my undivided attention is that Ms. Staub takes us in the minds of both the victims and the psychopath killer and the story they tell will fascinate every reader."
--Nadine for Romance Junkies
"In Staub's latest suspense novel (following last year's bestseller "The Final Victim), four Massachusetts sorority sisters make a pact following the accidental death of their sorority sister, Rachel Lorant, on her birthday; together, they swear never to speak about what they saw that night. Ten years later, the women start receiving mysterious letters alluding to Rachel's demise. When one of the four is brutally murdered on the night of her birthday, the others begin to worry what their own encroaching birthdays hold for them. While police try to track down the murderer, our heroines hold tight to their secrets, even as they're hunted and killed one by one. By the time the past finally does come to light, it may be too late for one desperate survivor. Staub keeps things taut and unpredictable, changing perspective often and offering up a whole school of red herrings; capped with a gratifying conclusion, Staub's latest is a surprisingly effective thriller.
"Staub's work is perfect here. The plot moves things along in a steady and unhurried manner, and the personalities of the four principals (and their supporting characters) are true to life without being encumbered with clichés. The best part of the novel, however, is the mystery, which encompasses not only the who but the why of what is taking place between the covers. DON'T SCREAM is a can't miss; after reading it, you'll find that one of the strongest benefits of being a Staub fan is that you never have to wait too long for her next book." --Joe Hartlaub for Bookreporter.com
"Another top notch suspense thriller from popular author Wendy Corsi Staub. In a treacherous game of cat and mouse, each of Rachel's Zeta Delta Kappa sisters is the target in a killer's plan for revenge. Every written note, and each bloody message sent to Brynn, Fiona, Tildy, and Cassie brings them one step closer to their own demise. The killer wants every one of them dead, and as the clock ticks and each of their birthdays moves forward on the calendar, they get one step closer to terror. Who will be the first to die (in this) spine tingling, hair-raising story of vengeance and retribution? The secondary characters are dynamic and provide a multitude of red herrings as we look for the killer amongst them. Isaac Halpern is still obsessed with her death and makes the pilgrimage to Cedar Crest yearly on Rachel's birthday. Brynn's husband Garth writes about death and darkness, and is keeping secrets from his wife. Emily, Fiona's bumbling new assistant, is on the verge of being fired with each mistake she makes that sabotages Fiona's business. Tildy's unwanted admirer, Ray Wilmington is stalking her, waiting, and wanting a relationship, determined to get his way with Tildy. Alec, Cassie's fiancé, is totally unaware that Cassie is unhappy. Don't miss this book!"
-- Diana Risso, Romance Reviews Today
"Wendy Corsi Staub has a long list of successful thrillers to her credit. Her latest, Don't Scream, is another convincing and chilling suspense story where the author nimbly juggling various interconnecting plotlines and showcases four very different and believable protagonists. She also peppers the plot with plenty of red herrings by shifting viewpoints often as Brynn, Fiona, Cassie and Tildy take turns showing readers what's going on in their lives and how they remember the night of Rachel's death. Plenty of secrets still abound and once they're brought to light the tension increases and the action escalates to an exciting and surprising conclusion, making Don't Scream an effective and page-turning thriller."
-- Book Loons
"DON'T SCREAM is a multifaceted mystery novel about life altering mistakes, evil vengeance and love lost, betrayed and redeemed. Gifted Wendy Corsi Staub masterfully tells the stories of each character to lay a solid background for her enthralling plot. I took this book on spring vacation and could hardly bare to put it down. The nail biting suspense and realistic dialog kept me attuned to every nuance as I tried to solve Rachel's mystery. I assure you dear readers; DON'T SCREAM will thrill and entertain you long after the last page is read." -- Donna at CatRomance.com
"Ms. Corsi Staub hooks readers from the first word and draws you into her tantalizing plot of murder and revenge. As always, her stories unwind with a slow but steady pace, building suspense with practiced ease. The book reminded me of classic Hitchcock fare-each layer teasingly revealed, as readers find a new piece to the mysterious puzzle. And as with Hitchcock, the end is a complete shocker. Don't Scream is a taut chiller-thriller you won't soon forget. Recommended read."
-- Cerri Ellis for Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine
"DON'T SCREAM is a fabulous thriller that will keep you glued to the pages until the very last twist. -- Jessica Smith for Fresh Fiction"
"Staub's latest is the quintessential thriller -- packed full of scintillating suspense, deadly secrets and a multitude of murderous suspects. This novel is a scary roller-coaster ride that carries you along until the breathless conclusion."
-- Sheri Melnick for Romantic Times; (4 1/2 stars) TOP PICK
"Suspenseful, thrilling, utterly believable. Great book by Ms. Staub! Five Stars."
-- Brenda A. Snodgrass, ArmchairInterviews.com
"Suspenseful, thrilling, utterly believable. Great book by Ms. Staub! Five Stars." -- Brenda A. Snodgrass, ArmchairInterviews.com
"The suspense in this novel is breathtaking. The twists and shocks in the plot are stunning. Each character is described in exquisite detail, and the angst builds throughout the story. From Rachel's sorority sisters to her stepbrother, you wonder who could be behind the threats? What secrets did Rachel hide from the others? What secrets did the girls hide from themselves? You will be kept guessing until the end with this fabulous thriller." -- Rista Tompkins for Romance Readers Connection
"Readers who like the chilling thriller works of P.J Tracy and T.J. MacGregor will find DON'T SCREAM enthralling. Although Brynn is the prime protagonist, the story line is told from the points of view of all four of the women. This leads the audience wondering who will survive if any and just who the killer is as Wendy Corsi Staub provides readers with a fantastic cat and mouse thriller." -- Harriet Klausner for The Best Reviews
$6.99 Published: Zebra Books April 2006
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Everyone in Savannah, Georgia knows the Remington estate. The rambling old house bears blatant testimony not just to the esteemed family's vast wealth, but to unbearable tragedy and whispered secrets. Soon, the Remingtons will all come home to this secluded plantation nestled deep in the shadow of moss-covered trees. Then they will have to die.one by one.
HASN'T JUST COME BACK TO HAUNT HER.
For Charlotte Remington Maitland, the past five years have been a haze of pain and loss. Now, with her new husband and teenaged daughter, she's found a second chance at happiness-until the moment her grandfather's will is read. As the sole beneficiary of the vast Remington estate, Charlotte will get everything that's coming to her. A killer will make sure of that-no matter who has to die.
IT'S COME BACK TO KILL HER.
Trapped in a house of lies, searching for answers to deadly questions, Charlotte has never been more afraid. Someone knows her family's deepest secrets. Someone who will take Charlotte to the edge of sanity and the dark heart of her greatest fear in order to make her.
"Welcome to Achoco Island, where the oak trees dripping with Spanish moss hide crocodile infested swamps, snakes, and all things creepy. It's only a matter of time before THE FINAL VICTIM is chosen. The Remingtons have a multitude of skeletons in their closets, and Oakgate is host to most of them, complete with creaking, rotting floorboards, a secret passageway, people who lurk in the shadows on a regular basis, and maybe a resident ghost or two. One by one, as each victim falls, the body count rises and the suspense chills. Who wants revenge and why? The plethora of characters are fully fleshed out in this suspenseful thriller about greed and family secrets. Each thread that unravels is seamlessly sewn tight as the book comes to its conclusion. You will not want to miss THE FINAL VICTIM -- it will keep you turning pages far into the night -- or maybe hiding under the covers instead."
-- Diana Risso for Romance Reviews Today
"This character-driven thriller is a study of madness and murder, and it promises to keep you glued to your chair while you try to figure out who is behind the violent, scary deaths. Wendy Corsi Staub is a master of pyschological suspense, and she presents the reader with shocks and twists galore in this outstanding tale. The characters are three-dimensional, real, and flawed--and one of them is a killer. The Final Victim is imaginative, splendidly plotted, and a very satisfying read."
--Betty Cox, Affaire de Coeur
"THE FINAL VICTIM is an intriguing tale of revenge, murder and past skeletons that could be the downfall of the Remington family. Ms. Staub pens a fascinating tale with compelling characters and an intense plot that will have you wanting to read it all in one sitting to see who the murderer is. There is a multitude of characters that are night and day from each other and it adds a lot of pizzazz to the story. Just when I thought I figured out the suspect, Ms. Staub threw a wrench in my line of thinking and I was back to square one to figuring out who it is. I was completely shocked at the identity of the mastermind. If you like spine-chilling tales with an intense plot, then THE FINAL VICTIM is a must read. -- Romance Junkies
This story soon draws in readers with its many different character threads. They gradually intertwine and come together in a startling conclusion. The back-and-forth switching from one character's story to another is smooth and keeps the suspense building. Staub's latest is a book that's difficult to put down. --Susan Mobley for Romantic TImes
Wendy Corsi Staub writes a psychological suspense tale that pulls the reader deeply into the exhilarating story line. The characters are fully developed whether they are the protagonists or the antagonists although the audience will not be sure who to classify where. THE FINAL VICTIM is fast-paced and action-packed while focusing on a heroine who though she has suffered traumatically has courageously rebuilt her life and refuses to allow anyone to destroy it or those she cherishes. -- Harriet Klausner
$7.99 Published: Zebra Books February 2007
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New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Jackson, Beverly Barton, and Wendy Corsi Staub join forces to create a thrilling novel about love, revenge, and the dark secrets three women hold to a terrifying murder.
A KILLER WHO GETS AWAY WITH MURDER ONCE.
It's been twenty years since Jake Marcott was brutally murdered at the St. Elizabeth's High School Valentine's Day dance. It's a night that shattered the lives of three girls in Jake's life-Lindsay Farrell, Kirsten Daniels, and Rachel Alsace. It's a night they'll never forget. A killer will make sure of that.
FINDS IT EASIER TO KILL AGAIN.
A 20-year reunion has been scheduled for St. Elizabeth's. For some alumni, very special invitations have been sent: their smiling senior pictures slashed by an angry red line.
AND AGAIN.AND AGAIN.
Three women have been marked for death. Tonight, as the music plays, and the doors of St. Elizabeth are sealed, a killer will finish what was started long ago, and the sins of the past will be paid for in blood.
"Each author has a distinctive style, and yet together they blend into a wonderfully taut, unique, and chilling voice. A frightening roller coaster of a story guaranteed to keep readers hanging on every page, Most Likely To Die tops my list of this year's "Most Likely to Be A Number One Bestseller," with just cause."
--Cerri Ellis for Armchair Interviews
Rather than produce a traditional suspense anthology, the powerhouse trio of Jackson, Barton and Staub have combined their impressive talents for a spine-tingling tale with three different heroines. It's a testament to their abilities that this book feels almost seamless. Brava to all!
--Jill M. Smith, RT Book Reviews
When Lisa Jackson, Beverly Barton, and Wendy Corsi team up, they produce one of the most frightening thrillers of the year. Although each writer has their own style, MOST LIKELY TO DIE is written so smoothly it is impossible to figure who wrote what. The characters in their traumatic circumstances are totally realistic making this feel like a real crime drama and one work readers will definitely remember.
Published: Pinnacle Books, June 2005
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HUSH LITTLE BABY, DON'T YOU CRY.
At thirty-nine, Peyton Somerset has an enviable life, with a thriving advertising career and a beautiful Manhattan apartment. And now she's going to have the one thing she wants most-a baby. Peyton's biological clock went off just as her fiancé took off, leaving her at the altar. So Peyton's going it alone. Already, she's making plans for the little one inside her.buying the layette, daydreaming, and worrying over the littlest things. That's only natural. All mothers do. But Peyton has reason to worry. In fact, she has every reason to be terrified.
MAMA WON'T BE SINGING ANY LULLABIES.
As the months pass, Peyton can't help feeling that something is terribly wrong. She's certain that someone has been in her apartment, that she's being followed, that someone is watching her. Maybe it's just hormonal paranoia that makes her distrust everyone around her. Or maybe her maternal instincts are dead on. Maybe there's someone close who doesn't think she should give birth at all. Someone who would do anything to have a baby. Anything.
"Brimming with intensity, Staub's latest is mysteriously haunting, hinting at one person's chilling obsession with punishing single mothers. As the clues fall into place, exposing a devious pattern of murder and abduction, readers will be enthralled by this white-knuckle ride and its masterful, gripping conclusion." -Sheri Melnick for Romantic Times
"What you might expect to be yet another female victim, stalker suspense thriller turns out to be a compelling novel, well-written and excellently plotted and with a strong female protagonist who will not be victimized...[Staub's] mastery is evident as several subplots are introduced in the first chapter...With each chapter the tension grows, and the threats which at first are subtle and vague become clearer and stronger and more malevolent. LULLABY AND GOODNIGHT is Staub's eighth suspense novel, all stand-alones that feature women in danger. This novel, as were Staub's earlier works, is well-clued and so the careful reader may be able to reason out connections and threads." --Maureen Battistella, Reviewingtheevidence.com
"If you've never read this fantastic author, you're truly missing out on some of the greatest domestic suspense stories around. What's perhaps one of the most refreshing qualities of Staub's tales is her everyday heroines; women who are smart, resourceful, and anything but your typical trembling victims. She convincingly takes an average woman, places her in an average life, and then BAM! throws in the punches, the danger, and the drama. All believable, and so all the more frightening. This latest is no exception. Slowly ratcheting up the suspense, creating plenty of red herrings, making everyone a possible suspect, she creates a story that page by page holds the reader enthralled with heady anticipation and thrills. As with all her previous, this one comes highly recommended."-- Stephanie Padilla for New Mystery Reader
"Wendy Corsi Staub is a remarkable suspense writer who some...are comparing to Mary Higgins Clark. Ms. Staub sets the mood quickly and then carries the reader along by the back of the neck at incredible speeds until the bone-chilling end. As a reader I can generally spot the villain by midpoint...Not so with Lullaby and Goodnight. I was in the final few pages when the author allowed me to get a glimpse of what was to come, something I have come to expect with Wendy Corsi Staub." -- Susan Johnson, Myshelf.com
"This frightening tale will leave readers saying no way throughout the reading, but at the end realize with some of the headline atrocities in the news yes way. The story line grips the audience, switching between the killer and several pregnant women...so that the audience sees various perspectives. Wendy Corsi Staub writes a frightening suspense thriller that grabs the attention of the audience with the comparison of a matricidal serial killer vs. pregnant victims going through the months of what should be joyful occasions." -- Harriet Klausner
$4.99 Reissued: Kensington, April, 2008
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A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE
Woodsbridge, New York, is the sort of upscale community where the American Dream is alive and thriving-shiny cars, beautiful homes, and safe, tree-shaded streets. For Kathleen Carmody, moving to Woodsbridge is an attempt to escape memories of her own rough childhood and a shattering secret that still haunts her. It's a place where her 13-year-old daughter Jen will have everything Kathleen didn't.
THE PERFECT PLACE TO DIE
But suddenly, the sleepy, affluent suburb is gripped by fear. One by one, teenage girls are disappearing from Woodsbridge's "safe" streets. Someone wants what these charmed people have. Someone who is targeting girls with long, blond hair and brown eyes...girls who look a lot like Jen. Someone who is watching and waiting for the moment Kathleen drops her guard and kisses her daughter goodbye...
"Staub does an excellent job of chronicling the growing fear in both the adult mind and the teenage mind, and the age gap consequences that result... For those who enjoy gripping suspense, this one comes with it in spades, along with plenty of suspects that will keep the reader guessing all the way until the end."
--Donna Padilla, New Mystery Reader
If there is any suspense book that I'll recommend to my friends this summer, it will be this one. Wendy Corsi Staub has a way of creating an unusual story and then twisting and weaving her way to a climatic ending that will leave you wondering how you never figured it out yourself. Be prepared to lose sleep over this particular book, as it will be hard to put it down until you've reached the ending.
--A Romance Review
This intensely gripping story takes place in suburban Buffalo, New York. Although it's told from various points of view, the characters are crisp, and their voices are clearly defined. Story threads smartly intersect, with sharp, skilled precision. A deftly plotted page-turner. - Cindy Harrison, Romantic Times magazine
Manages to keep readers in the dark about the killer's identity until the final pages. Corsi Staub throws in several credible red herrings...this competent mystery offers a challenging puzzle and some eerie chills. --Publishers Weekly
For Megan McKenna, things have always come easy. Her privileged life in Crawford Corners, Connecticut has left her wanting for nothing...until now. Lately, things have been happening. Strange things. Dark things. Evil things. People seeing her in places she's never been. Ugly incidents befalling those she cares about. Whispers of witchcraft that raise questions about where she comes from...and who might want her out of the way...
Published: Pinnacle Horror December 2003
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Candra Bowen has been living a lie. All her life she's been an outsider, but now she finally has everything she's ever wanted. She's been posing as her twin sister Megan McKenna-while Megan lies comotose under a spell summoned from the depths of hell. But black magic can have deadly consequences, and Candra is about to learn that her dalliance with the dark arts has awakened something sinister-something that wants both women-and will stop at nothing to possess them...
who find New Yorkers' in-your-face attitude
appealing will enjoy former mayor Koch's
latest mystery/memoir. It's obvious that
Mr. Mayor can't quite let go of the glory
years, but if readers can overlook his almost
nonstop self-flattery, there's a nicely
inventive plot and a cast of intriguing
characters waiting to be discovered. The
fictional Koch is attending a popular Broadway
musical whose plot involves a love triangle.
At the height of the action, the female
lead is supposed to shoot one of her lovers.
But this night, to the audience's horror,
the shots that ring out are real, and one
of the cast members lies dead on stage.
Of course, Koch figures to outsmart both
the NYPD and the murderer, and to no one's
surprise, he's ultimately successful, winning
the approbation of the press, theatergoers,
and his many fans. Like Koch, this mystery
is flamboyant, over the top, and pushy.
But it's also clever and entertaining."
Emily Melton, Booklist
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in New York. The city's
legendary Ramsey's Department
Store is suffering its worst
season in years. General
manager Barnaby Tischler
knows it's because their
rival, Weatherly's superstore,
is scaring off the store's
customers--with bomb threats!
But when Ramsey's Santa-for-hire
is found in a utility closet
shot through the heart,
Tischler's only hope lies
in his old buddy, Mayor
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begins on an autumn night
in the Big Apple. Ed Koch,
his bodyguards, and U.S.
Senator Anson Hubbard are
about to travel from a press
conference on Wall Street
to a well-earned dinner
in Chinatown when the party
is brutally ambushed. By
the time the shooting stops,
a bodyguard is dead and
Ed Koch is determined to
unravel a mystery that strikes
too close to home.
Hubbard has been campaigning
for a full accounting of
gold looted by the Nazis
during the Holocaust and
deposited into Swiss banks.
Never one to shy away from
a controversial cause, the
mayor had used the Wall
Street press conference
to announce his full support
of the Senator's investigation.
While the mayor's staff
immediately believes that
Hizzoner was the intended
victim of the assassination
attempt, Koch isn't so sure,
When Hubbard is seriously
wounded by a sniper just
before leaving for Switzerland,
Koch's instincts prove accurate.
Someone is out to stop the
Senator's inquiry into the
a web secrets that Koch
is desperate to untangle,
with little time to get
the answers he seeks. Because
not only are the descendants
of Holocaust victims waiting
for justice to be done,
but lives are also at stake---and
as Hizzoner soon discovers---one
of them may be his own.
colorful, and as timely
as today's headlines, The
Senator Must Die places
Ed Koch on the international
stage. From the concrete
canyons of Manhattan to
the Swiss Alps, the #1 New
Yorker takes readers on
another brilliant, unpredictable
journey of mystery and intrigue.
Senator Must Die ( Oct.;
224 pp.; 1-57566-325-2):
New York's greatest mayorþjust
ask himþteams up for a third
outing with Staub (Murder
on 34th Street, 1997, etc.),
this time thrusting his
fictional alter ego into
a Swiss/Nazi gold scandal
that threatens the life
of his old friend Sen. Anson
Hubbardþa nice enough guy,
but not a patch on Koch
in the charisma department."