"A powerful, gripping, heart-stopping read."

—Laura McHugh, award-winning author of The Wolf Wants In


About Amy

Amy Engel is the author of The Familiar Dark, The Roanoke Girls and The Book of Ivy series. A former criminal defense attorney, she lives in Missouri with her family.

About The Familiar Dark

A spellbinding story of a mother with nothing left to lose who sets out on an all-consuming quest for justice after her daughter is murdered on the town playground.

Sometimes the answers are worse than the questions. Sometimes it’s better not to know.

Praise for The Familiar Dark

“[A] harrowing thriller. . . .This rural noir stakes Engel’s claim to that dystopian terrain somewhere between Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Engel masterfully creates a milieu in which women struggle against all odds to provide the best lives possible for their daughters. . . . A stunning conclusion”

Booklist, starred review

“A dark and beautifully written thriller with a haunting ending that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. Engel’s ability to conjure the harsh beauty of the Ozarks is spellbinding. An emotional and powerful read.”

– Catherine Steadman, New York Times bestselling author of Something in the Water

“Uncompromising, fierce and brilliant.”

The Guardian

“In this heart-rending tale of motherhood and murder, Amy Engel takes us into the heart of the Ozarks. . . .The Familiar Dark promises to be a gripping new novel about the lengths to which we go for family.”

– CrimeReads, "The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020"

“[An] uncompromising and absorbingly written new novel . . . .”

Library Journal

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