Excerpt from As Night Falls

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules at Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along!

My read this week is As Night Falls by Jenny Milchman. It is a psychological thriller, well done, with a couple of surprise twists. Good tension and well-developed characters. If you’re up for a hostage situation in an isolated house in the middle of a snowstorm, this one is for you!

But the charge Ivy had hurled was absurd. Sandy had treasured her daughter from the moment she was born, and worked hard to weave closeness between the two of them. She’d never lied to Ivy—not even taking advantage of the shortcuts all parents used: substituting a maybe when the answer was clearly no way, or promising that the goldfish was going to live.

Jenny Milchman, As Night Falls

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Sandy Tremont has always tried to give her family everything. But, as the sky darkens over the Adirondacks and a heavy snowfall looms, an escaped murderer with the power to take it all away draws close.

In her isolated home in the shadowy woods, Sandy prepares dinner after a fight with her daughter, Ivy. Upstairs, the fifteen-year-old—smart, brave, and with every reason to be angry tonight—keeps her distance from her mother. Sandy’s husband, Ben, a wilderness guide, arrives late to find a home simmering with unease.

Nearby, two desperate men on the run make their way through the fading light, bloodstained and determined to leave no loose ends or witnesses. After almost twenty years as prison cellmates, they have become a deadly team: Harlan the muscle, Nick the mind and will. As they approach a secluded house and look through its windows to see a cozy domestic scene, Nick knows that here he will find what he’s looking for . . . before he disappears forever.


  1. Yikes! This may be too scary for me… but I’m intrigued anyway.
    My Tuesday post features HANGTOWN CREEK – A Tale of the California Gold Rush.

  2. Kathy Martin says:

    Sounds really creepy. I just checked that my doors were locked. 😉 My teaser comes from Whirlpool by Elizabeth Lowell. Happy reading!

  3. ooooh — sounds very creepy (in a good way).

  4. This is definitely one for me. My teaser is also a psychological thriller.

    My TT from Sister Dear

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