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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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By (author): David Bell
9780440000877 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological Jul 02, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.47 x 8.23 x 0.88 in 416 pages Berkley
In this high-concept psychological suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter, a chance meeting with a woman in an airport sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth.

Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work, his life a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, he meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it’s time for their respective flights, Morgan kisses Joshua passionately, lamenting that they’ll never see each other again.

As soon as Morgan disappears in the crowd, Joshua is shocked to see her face on a nearby TV. The reason: Morgan is a missing person.

What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets as Joshua tries to discover why Morgan has vanished from her own life. Every time he thinks one mystery is solved, another rears its head—and his worst enemy might be his own assumptions about those around him.

Story Locale: Small-town Kentucky, Atlanta, and Nashville

HIGH-CONCEPT FOLLOW-UP TO HARDCOVER DEBUT: This fast-paced thriller hinges on a situation that many readers can relate to—an accidental meeting—and is a great follow-up to Bell’s hardcover debut, Somebody’s Daughter, and is being published simultaneously in hardcover and trade paperback

ESTABLISHED BESTSELLER: Somebody I Used to Know was on the USA Today bestseller list, and Cemetery Girl was on the Bookscan overall fiction trade bestseller list, the Heartland Indie bestseller List, and the Publishers Weekly mass-market list

LIBRARIANS LOVE DAVID: Somebody’s Daughter was chosen as a Library Reads pick for July 2018—a first for David Bell

CONSISTENTLY STRONG SALES: There are more than half a million copies of David’s novels in print, with consistent sales

ACCLAIM FOR SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER: Received a starred Library Journal review, among other rave reviews and blurbs, and was chosen by PopSugar and HelloGiggles for their summer thriller roundups

COAST-TO-COAST RAVE REVIEWS AND BLURBS: From the Washington Post to the Houston Chronicle to the New York Times Book Review, David Bell is an acclaimed suspense writer; New York Times bestselling authors Mary Kubica, Mark Greaney, Jeffery Deaver, Nelson DeMille, David Morrell, Craig Johnson, Heather Gudenkauf, and Lisa Unger are all fans

David Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple foreign languages. He’s currently an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he directs the MFA program.

Author Residence: Bowling Green, KY

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Praise for Layover

“A terrifically tense thriller with a femme fatale who will keep you guessing until the very end. The perfect airplane read!”—Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Time I Lied

“David Bell is a top-notch storyteller and Layover is his best book yet. I flew through this twisty, riveting psychological thriller at breakneck speed, hooked from the first page right up through the book’s breathless conclusion.”—Cristina Alger, national bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife

“A killer premise kicks off this twisty, breakneck thriller, and has you tearing through the pages to a shattering finale.”—Louise Candlish, international bestselling author of Our House

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