A striking debut literary thriller by Entertainment Weekly's chief TV critic. Camille Preaker, a young Chicago newspaper reporter and sardonic loner, is in a delicate state after a short stay at a psychiatric hospital. When a dark crime occurs in her hometown, she's forced back to Wind Gap, Missouri on assignment. Long haunted by a childhood tragedy, and estranged from her mother for years, Camille is forced to face her own demons as she tries to uncover the mystery of her assignment.
To loathe one's home town is a venerable literary tradition, but I can't think of another novel that has painted a more scathing, over-the-top portrait of small-town America … Flynn generates suspense over who killed the two little girls. Just about everyone in Wind Gap seems capable of murder, including Camille's nutty mother, nasty kid sister and several members of the girls' families. A lot of writers have warned that we can't go home again, but Wind Gap truly is the home town from hell.