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The Killing Circle

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A spine-chilling, mind-twisting new psychological thriller in which a writing circle is haunted by a serial killer, from the acclaimed author of Lost Girls.

Some People Will Do Anything For A Good Story

Nothing seems to be going right for journalist Patrick Rush. Recently widowed, he's now bringing up a young son by himself. At work, he finds himself demoted to anonymous TV critic. It's time to do something.

So he joins a creative writing circle in hope of realizing a life-long dream - to write a novel of his own. But this circle is somewhat … unorthodox. The sessions are conducted in darkness, lit only by candles. Their shadowy leader has only recently come out of exile. And to make matters creepier, a gruesome serial killer is prowling the streets of Toronto – with an M.O. which bears more than a passing similarity to one circle member's tale about a child-snatcher called The Sandman.

But how could one sinister story have an effect on the real world? Could there be a connection, and if so, who's involved? As the line between fact and fiction becomes increasingly hazy, Patrick decides to cut all contact with the circle – until he finds that once you're in this book group, there's only one way out…


Praise for The Killing Circle:

‘“The Killing Circle” is one great read: darkly lyrical and atmospheric, it's as haunting as it is gripping. Highly recommended’ Harlan Coben

Reviews for Lost Girls:

‘This is one scary book… You’ll want to keep all the lights on as you read this one’ Independent on Sunday

‘An excellently written novel, brilliant in its evocation of atmosphere’ Evening Standard

‘Extremely compelling’ Sunday Telegraph

‘“Lost Girls” is a hugely impressive and utterly compelling thriller’ Independent

‘A remarkably fine debut novel … “Lost Girls” has a menace that is all its own’ Time Out

‘“Lost Girls” is remarkable and compelling. But, more than that, it is a novel that goes some way towards reinventing the literary ghost story’ The Times

About the author

Andrew Pyper is the author of the bestselling novels ‘Lost Girls’ (selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), ‘The Trade Mission’ and ‘The Wildfire Season’ as well as ‘Kiss Me’, a collection of short stories. His novels are all currently in development for feature films. Andrew Pyper lives in Toronto.

From Publishers Weekly

07 July 2008 – In this extraordinary thriller from Canadian author Pyper (The Wildfire Season), Patrick Rush, a lowly TV critic for a Toronto newspaper whose life has been slowly deteriorating since the untimely death of his wife, struggles to remain employed while trying to raise his precocious young son. When Rush decides to join a local writing circle in hopes of pursuing his lifelong dream of being an author, he becomes obsessed with a horrific work-in-progress written by a would-be writer in the group, a possibly autobiographical tale about being haunted by a terrible man who does terrible things. Rush begins finding connections among the story's supernatural villain, a shadowy serial killer with a predilection for dismemberment that has all of Toronto living in fear, and his own unraveling sanity. Powered by an ingeniously nonlinear narrative and suffused with a tone thick with dread, this is easily Pyper's most ambitious and absorbing work to date.

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  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 05 February 2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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