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Twelve years have gone by since eleven-year-old Samantha Devoe vanished into the evening dusk. When one of her personal items is discovered, her cold case is reopened, bringing startling clues to light in the shocking suspense novel, The Girl In The Darkness by John Triptych. After her daughter Samantha disappears, Brenda Devoe places her life on hold. Dropping her friends, her career, and refusing to move from her house in case Samantha comes back, Brenda keeps everything the same. Her guilt and anguish become blocks to all her relationships. Volunteering at an animal shelter is Brenda's only contact with the world outside of her home. Everything changes the day an injured cat is brought in with a small piece of jewelry attached to a string tied around its neck. Startled, Brenda instantly recognizes it as something that belonged to Samantha. Soon after, some teenagers accidentally burn down an empty house, and the body of a young woman is found hidden in a secret room behind a steel door. Is it Samantha and, if not, where is Samantha? Is she still alive?
The Girl In The Darkness by John Triptych is an electrifying suspense novel that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. The feelings of horror, hopelessness, and fear of the victims, and the despair and anguish of their loved ones are real and prevalent throughout the story. The angst and terror of the characters as they fight for their lives is haunting and memorable. As the investigation progresses and events surrounding the search for Samantha escalate, the chilling plot torques to an explosive and shocking conclusion. This powerful and exciting novel is guaranteed to thrill and chill those who are fans of suspense.