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?
Release date: 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?
Release date: 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