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A provocative and unputdownable psychological suspense about two women locked in a desperate fight over a child each believes is rightfully hers
Libby needs a break. Three years ago her husband split, leaving her to raise their infant son Ethan alone as she struggled to launch her writing career. Now for the first time in years, things are looking up. She’s just sold her first novel, and she and Ethan are going on a much-needed vacation. Everything seems to be going their way, so why can’t she stop looking over her shoulder or panicking every time Ethan wanders out of view? Is it because of what happened when Ethan was born? Except Libby’s never told anyone the full story of what happened, and there’s no way anyone could find her and Ethan at a faraway resort…right?
But three days into their vacation, Libby’s fears prove justified. In a moment of inattention, Ethan wanders into an elevator before Libby can reach him. When the elevator stops and the doors open, Ethan is gone. Hotel security scours the building and finds no trace of him, but when CCTV footage is found of an adult finding the child wandering alone and leading him away by the hand, the police are called in. The search intensifies, a lost child case turning into a possible abduction. Hours later, a child is seen with a woman stepping through an emergency exit. Libby and the police track the woman down and corner her, but she refuses to release Ethan. Asked who she is, the woman replies:
“I’m his mother.”
What follows is one of the most shocking, twist-y, and provocative works of psychological suspense ever written. A story of stolen identity, of surrogacy gone horribly wrong, and of two women whose insistence that each is the “real” mother puts them at deadly cross-purposes, Lost You is sure to be one of 2019’s most buzzed-about novels.
Story Locale: Arizona
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: While writing as Stuart Neville, Haylen Beck’s crime fiction has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, been nominated for an Edgar Award, and made best-of-year lists with the New York Times and numerous other publications. His first Haylen Beck novel, Here and Gone, was similarly critically acclaimed, with starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and glowing praise from Lee Child, Ruth Ware, Harlan Coben, and the Associated Press.
PERFECT FOR THE PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE READER: While Haylen’s first novel, Here and Gone, was more of a crime thriller, Lost You will speak directly to the psychological suspense readers who’ve made bestsellers of authors like AJ Finn, Fiona Barton, and Ruth Ware.
Marketing: Social media promotion on author’s Twitter, @HaylenBeck
Targeted buzz mailings to author’s VIPs
Enrollment in early reviewer programs
Features on ReadItForward.com and Signature-Reads.com
Library and academic marketing
Publicity: National publicity
National review and feature attention
National/regional NPR campaign
Author interviews out of Ireland
Author Website: www.haylenbeck.com/
Author Social Media: Twitter: twitter.com/haylenbeck / GoodReads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15449754.Haylen_Beck
“The twists and turns are not only masterfully paced and layered, but so is the emotional impact…an adrenaline-pumping, anxiety-inducing thriller built around a core so sentimental it just might make you cry.” Kirkus (starred)
“Beck tells a richly complicated story about two desperate women and the reality of surrogacy in America.” Publishers Weekly
“Far too few thrillers have genuine suspense, twists that give you goosebumps and—most importantly—characters that you really care about. Lost You has it all.” Mark Billingham, author of Their Little Secret
“A tense, heart-wrenching thriller.” TM Logan, author of Lies
“Lost You is a really brilliant novel—thrilling, emotional, and so readable.” Mason Cross, author of What She Saw Last Night
“Deliciously twisty and seriously dark. I couldn’t put it down.” Natasha Bell, author of His Perfect Wife
“Lost You is both utterly compelling and completely terrifying—the kind of book that, every time you think you have it figured out, hits you with another twist you didn’t see coming.” Rob Hart, author of The Warehouse and New Yorked