A team of researchers exploring the myth of a witch find their numbers mysteriously dwindling in this irresistible psychological thriller for fans of Ruth Ware, Shari Lapena, and Lucy Foley.
Bestselling debut novelist Penelope Berkowitz is desperate for inspiration for a second book. With the help of her new boyfriend, she embarks on a research trip with a Clue-like team of professionals, ex-lovers, and estranged family members to investigate the myth of a witch on Stone Point, a remote coastal outcropping in the Pacific Northwest.
For over a century, the cabin on the point stood vacant after the violent death of the original owner and the disappearance of his wife—until a young couple decided to turn it into an eco-lodge. Shortly after starting renovations, however, they suddenly ceased all contact with others and were never heard from again.
Given the area’s mysterious history, Penelope is certain there’s a story to be found in the isolated region. But soon after arriving on the point’s wind-whipped shores, things begin to go awry for the team. Storms blow in. Tempers flare. The satellite phones stop working and no boats are due for days. Then people begin to disappear. When bodies turn up, it’s up to Penelope and the remaining members of the team to solve the mystery of the Stone Witch before the killer is the only one left alive.
Release Date: May 3, 2022
“A haunting, claustrophobic, unpredictable thriller . . . Amber Cowie writes with such skillful description that I could feel the cold and rain seep into my bones, and my pulse spike as the exhilarating story reached a breakneck pace. A bewitching read teeming with fascinating characters, this book is an absolute stand-out.”
-Samantha Bailey, USA Today and #1 nationally bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
“A riveting, irresistible locked-room mystery reminiscent of Agatha Christie, Last One Alive is endlessly entertaining and fiendishly clever. So jam-packed with tension and suffused with dread, you won’t be able to put it down!”
-Christina MacDonald, USA Today bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell
“An abandoned lodge. A group of suspect people. An old mystery to solve. And then, the guests begin disappearing one by one. Can they figure out what is going on before it’s too late?”
-Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Six Weeks to Live and I’ll Never Tell
“Cowie has done Agatha Christie proud in this stay-up-all-night, keep-all-the-lights-on mystery. With a setting that’s remote, creepy, and possibly cursed—and a story both haunting and harrowing—Last One Alive will entertain you from the first disappearance to the final dead body.”
-Megan Collins, author of The Family Plot
“Amber Cowie has the uncanny ability to transport her readers to the eerie wilderness settings of her novels, to keep them racing through her books like a person desperately trying to find their way back to safety—but still, somehow, not wanting the adventure to end. Last One Alive is a fast-paced story of folklore, revenge, and redemption, sure to keep you reading late into the night (with all the lights on).”
-Suzy Krause, author of Sorry I Missed You
A new town, a new life, and a new home—with an absolutely chilling lakefront view. Two months a widow, Mallory Dent has made the impulsive decision to pack up and move on. In remote McNamara, nestled in the northern mountains, she can escape her grief, guilt, and pain. But the day Mallory arrives, death follows her, lapping just outside her door. A woman’s body is found floating in Loss Lake—and it’s not the first death on these shores. Locals talk about a monster in the depths with an almost disturbing reverence. Sergeant Joel Benson understands Mallory’s unease. Years ago, his own brother was killed in the home Mallory now owns. But that was just a tragic accident. Wasn’t it? The more Mallory investigates, the more fearful she becomes. Maybe there are monsters in McNamara. Maybe some have followed her there. As a winter storm bears down, the refuge Mallory sought has become a trap. It’s time to face her past, the secrets behind the town’s friendly faces, and a reckoning that will shatter the eerie, icy calm of Loss Lake.
Released: November 10, 2020
“A small town gothic thriller that pokes its toes into the dangerous waters of the monstrous, Loss Lake is a perfect diversion for a long, chilly night. Amber Cowie delivers a mystery that tastes like Halloween, complete with scares and surprising identities behind its masks.”
—Andrew Pyper, author of The Residence and The Demonologist
“Amber Cowie is a gifted storyteller. In Loss Lake, she creates a stunning suspense about dangerous small-town secrets that threaten the lives of its residents, and its latest newcomer. Sentence by gorgeous sentence, Cowie reveals an intricately woven, powerful plot, unveiling the depths of the characters and their lies. A magnificent read crackling with tension.”
—Samantha M. Bailey, #1 bestselling author of Woman on the Edge
“With Loss Lake, Amber Cowie spins a web of unraveling family secrets, taut danger, and tragic love. Perfect for readers who like their suspense both eerie and atmospheric.”
—Jess Lourey, Amazon Charts bestselling author of Unspeakable Things
“Mallory Dent has run to Loss Lake to recover from the loss of her husband. But it’s only as she meets the townspeople of McNamara—who seem oddly connected through multiple tragedies and a belief in a monster who lives under the lake’s surface—that she begins to understand the implications of her own past. Meditative, eerie, and surreal like the best fairy tales are, Amber Cowie’s Loss Lake builds in quiet strength until the final delivery of a knockout punch.”
—Emily Carpenter, author of Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters
“Layers of delicate mystery enhanced by loss and grief plunge you into a must read ending you won’t soon forget!”
—Steena Holmes, New York Times bestselling author
“More than a novel, Cowie has woven a story that embodies betrayal, loss, fear, and the riveting intricacies of human nature we don’t want to admit within ourselves. Loss Lake is a testament to the fact that the facade of beauty can hide ugly secrets beneath the surface.”
—Marin Montgomery, author of What We Forgot to Bury
“With atmospheric prose, a feverish pace, and a conclusion that left me spellbound, I enjoyed every taut second of this compulsive read.”
—Minka Kent, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author
“Amber Cowie’s Loss Lake is a terrific read—a small town teeming with secrets and seething histories, an ominous and unforgiving environment in the wilds of northern Canada, a story of both grief and forgiveness, and an ending I didn’t see coming.”
—Kim Taylor Blakemore, author of The Companion
“This is a thriller with a beating heart and a vivid soul. Amber Cowie delivers the kind of breathless page turner we’ve come to expect from her, but Loss Lake has something more: a vivid setting, an emotional undercurrent that will pull you under, a mythical bent that is unexpected, gorgeous and terrifying—and an ending that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last line.”
—Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of The Last Resort
“Wonderfully tense and gorgeously disturbing, Loss Lake is richly atmospheric, centering around a much-fabled monster-filled lake and a darkly twisted small town hiding big secrets. Hypnotic and irresistible, you won’t be able to look away. This beautiful, tautly written story is about love and loss, grief and guilt, and how the past always catches up with us.”
—Christina McDonald, USA Today bestselling author
“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water-front property that was supposed to offer a brand new start…The people of Loss Lake look out for their own; as winter encroaches on the remote town, its residents are vigilant to the dangers of both the natural and the supernatural worlds. For grief- and guilt-stricken newcomer, Mallory, her place of refuge turns into a kind of purgatory. A slow-burning sense of sorrow and suspicion pervades this novel, which will appeal to fans of atmospheric suspense.”
—Jo Furniss, author of the Amazon Charts bestseller All the Little Children and The Last to Know
“A mystery that explores mourning and guilt over the deaths of loved ones. Under it all is a small town and its secrets embodied in Loss Lake, betrayals that have pulled under generations of families. The characters and shocking plot twists make it impossible to put this book down. The chill stays with you long after the last page.”
—Carl Vonderau, author of Murderabilia, winner of Left Coast Crime 2020 Best Debut Mystery
Esme and Benedict Werner have an idyllic life in a tight-knit community until an accident in their cul-de-sac ends in the tragic sudden death of one of their dearest neighbors. After vindicating eyewitness accounts morph into contradictory memories, suspicion, and unaccountable accusations, Benedict is arrested. Esme’s life, too, is changed forever.
As the neighborhood largely turns against her and her family, Esme has time to think about her past and what to do next. Then her fellow residents start looking deeper, questioning one another, and themselves, about hidden lies and betrayals.
Esme has more than her share of secrets. And the consequences of what happened on that fateful late-summer evening on Raven Lane are far from over. When the mask of civility slips, can friends and neighbors recover from seeing the monstrous truths beneath?
Released: November 12, 2019
“Smooth prose and relatable characters keep the pages turning. Cowie delivers surprises all the way to the end.”
“In RAVEN LANE Amber Cowie delivers a deliciously-discomfiting and compelling domestic suspense…revealing a salaciously toxic—and deadly—tangle of relationships below.”
-Loreth Anne White, bestselling author of In The Dark
“Nothing is quite as it seems on idyllic Raven Lane. Inside this carefully curated neighborhood . . . something sinister lurks just beneath the surface. A terrible car accident unravels a litany of lies and betrayals as police begin to consider the possibility of a murder. This haunting thriller will keep you reading late into the night!”
-D.M. Pulley, author of The Dead Key and No One’s Home
“A fateful accident on an otherwise lovely summer evening opens a veritable menu of lust, lies, and buried secrets for restaurateur Esme, her husband Benedict, and their neighbors. Atmospheric and edgy, RAVEN LANE serves up a satisfying tale of questionable choices and their unanticipated consequences.”
-Linda Keir, author of The Swing of Things and Drowning With Others
Amber Cowie’s RAVEN LANE is the sly, sexy, irresistible tale of a family—make that an entire neighborhood—that embraces self-deception as a means of daily survival. The result is a page-turning piece of fictional anthropology that illustrates the tragic differences between what we are, what we imagine we are, and what others want us to be. I’m sorry that it’s over.”
-Bryan Gruley, author of Bleak Harbour
“Another thought-provoking read from Amber Cowie. Raven Lane is a seemingly tight-knit community of close friends but which is shot through with misconceptions and murderous secrets. Interwoven into the tightly-written plot is a book within a book, cleverly reflecting the goings on in Raven Lane.”
-Imogen Clark, bestselling author of Postcards from a Stranger and Where the Story Starts
Forgive and forget? In this twisty thriller of psychological suspense, the past and present collide for two sisters who survived a tragedy—and must now survive the truth behind it.
It’s been twenty years since Cara’s boyfriend died in a horrible accident and her sister, Anna, went to prison. The tragedy has become a local legend, but Cara has moved past her grief to have a successful career and a happy family. Pity about Anna. Recently released from incarceration, she’s struggling with addiction, guilt, and shame—a shattered life. Cara’s forgiveness seems to be the only thing that helps her pick up the pieces.
But as Anna pulls herself together, her memories of that night on the bridge start to come into focus. And few of them match her sister’s.
As past secrets unfold and nothing is what it seems anymore, Anna desperately searches for the truth. But what if Cara doesn’t want her to find it?
Released: December 1, 2018
“Hypnotic and darkly twisted, RAPID FALLS is the true definition of a page-turner. It’s so compelling that you will not want to put it down. Cowie’s smart storytelling and mesmerizing prose paints a stunning debut, making it one of my favorite psychological thrillers of the year.”
— Kerry Lonsdale, Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
“In Rapid Falls, everyone is the good guy in their own story. Like a spider spinning a web, Ms. Cowie skillfully takes this notion and elevates it to a fantastically dark and dizzying place. Say goodbye to any preconceived ideas about sisterhood, the power of grudges, or happily ever after, because this book will sweep them away and leave you gasping for more.”
-Eliza Maxwell, bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl