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“A fast-moving
page-turner. . . .

Donlea skillfully
maximizes suspense by juggling narrators and 
time all the way to the shocking final twists.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Well worth the read.”

Booklist

“Donlea’s sophomore effort is solid.  He keeps the reader guessing and second-guessing until the end, thanks to an expertly crafted abundance of potential suspects.”

—Library Journal

#TheGirlWhoWasTaken

Coming in Paperback

with a new cover

this summer!

06.29.21 

Her

Truth

Was Only

Half The

Story. . . 

 

 
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THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN 

A Story of Two Girls . . . 

 

The One Who Returns 

 and the One Who Doesn't 

 

 
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S U M M A R Y 

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Two women—one, the sister of a missing girl; the other, a victim who escaped—come together to unmask a killer in this heart-stopping thriller. 

Her truth is only half the story . . . 

Megan McDonald is a high school senior when she disappears from the small town of Emerson Bay. Hope for her safe return is nearly lost until, after two weeks held captive, she escapes from a bunker hidden deep in the woods.

Now, one year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal – Missing – has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity. It’s an inspiring story, except for one inconvenient detail. A second girl went missing that night. Her classmate, Nicole Cutty.

Dr. Livia Cutty is a fellow in forensic pathology, training at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina. Her sister, Nicole, has been missing a year when the body of a young man – an apparent suicide – shows up in the morgue and offers Livia the first clue to Nicole’s fate. Livia reaches out to Megan for help, hoping to learn more about the night the two were taken. Others girls have gone missing, and Livia is increasingly certain the cases are connected.

But Megan is reluctant. She knows more than she has revealed. As flashes of memory continue to return, she realizes her blockbuster book is filled with lies, and that digging too deeply into the night she escaped from that bunker might reveal something darker and more monstrous than anything her chilling memoir describes.

Coming in Paperback

with a new cover
this summer!

06.29.21 

 
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ARTICLE 

THE BIG REVEAL 

Charlie Donlea’s secrets

to creating a memorable plot twist.

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TWO GIRLS

ARE TAKEN . . . 

ONLY ONE 

RETURNS 

 
 
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Chilling and suspenseful.
I was gripped from the first page.”
Candice Fox, bestselling author of Crimson Lake 

If you loved THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, don't miss this sensational suspense thriller, that will keep you guessing to the very end . . .

Her truth is only half the story . . .

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Spanish Edition Coming March 2021!

La Chica Que Se Llevaron 

The highly anticipated upcoming psychological thriller —Spanish edition by Author Charlie Donlea will be available for USA Spanish-speaking readers, as well as Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Spain, and other countries. 


 

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Stay tuned for an upcoming Interview with the Author 

Ghost, Mysterious Woman in the dark, Hor