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July 4, 2020 Newsletter

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Dear Readers,
As we slide into July 4th weekend, THE SUICIDE HOUSE is just three weeks from release. The buzz around this book has been great and I’m excited for the world to read it. Publishers Weekly has included it as one of their editor’s picks for best books of summer and offered a glowing review. In these strange times, I hope my book will offer an oasis from reality and allow those who pick it up a few hours of escape.  
All my in-person appearances have been cancelled for this summer, and plans for a fall trip to Brazil barely took flight before it was grounded. But a few of my fellow authors and I will be holding a Facebook Live event on pub day (July 28 at 7PM). Watch my Facebook page for details: Charlie Donlea – Author. 
Have a great July 4th weekend. Stay safe and cool!
Charlie Donlea

2020 Best Summer Reads


From the desk of Author Charlie Donlea

“Best Mystery Thrillers for Summer Reads 2020." —Publisher's Weekly

Two students from a prestigious Indiana prep school are murdered at a nearby secret hangout, an abandoned house in the woods. A year later, after a teacher was convicted of the crimes, students are going to the house and killing themselves. Why? Forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips, investigate in this chiller that’s perfect for fans of Donna Tartt.

Publisher's Weekly Review 

Donlea’s gripping sequel to 2019’s Some Choose Darkness finds Chicago forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore, who specializes in cold case homicides, investigating a string of bizarre deaths at a prestigious Indiana prep school.
A year after two students are murdered in an abandoned boarding house near Westmont Preparatory High School and an implicated teacher commits suicide, those who witnessed the brutal aftermath of the carnage begin taking their own lives. A popular true-crime podcast focusing on the unexplained deaths shines a new light on the school, and Rory becomes obsessed with solving the mystery.
With her love interest, former FBI criminal profiler Lane Phillips, sidelined after being injured in a blast that killed the podcast’s host, Rory is largely on her own. Multiple intertwining storylines keep the pacing brisk and the tension high throughout. But the book’s real strength is the idiosyncratic Rory, who suffers from OCD and is on the autism spectrum, a deeply developed character, readers can’t help rooting for. Hopefully, she’ll be back soon. 
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"Stories you can't wait to finish, but won't want to end."

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The Suicide House

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Session One

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US Edition 07.28.20 

Peppermill, IN   Summer of 2019  Nestled on the banks of Lake Michigan  Elite Westmont Prep Boarding School   A chilling murder is at the heart of this riveting new novel from acclaimed  author Charlie Donlea, featuring forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips. Coming 07.28.20  Pre-Order Now

The Suicide House

Australian Edition 


By Invitation Only . . . From the bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Taken and Don't Believe It comes a riveting twister of a thriller featuring enigmatic cold case expert Rory Moore and famed profiler Lane Phillips. ‘On the other side of that wall are the woods, and in those woods is a forgotten path that leads to the infamous boarding house.' 

Coming 08.04.20  Pre-Order Now

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