SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM FAULKNER AWARD
«Before I Wake» meets American Gods in a haunting, atmospheric thriller. Perfect for viewers of “Insidious” “Winchester,” “Marrowbone,” “Wilding,” and “Pyewacket.”
When FBI agent Priya Conlin-Kumar tracks two different serial killers hunting in the same city, she hones in on the seemingly inhuman predator who continues slaughtering at whim.
The closer Priya gets, the more intense their battle becomes. Soon it touches all the law enforcement officers--female and male--assisting with the case. Inexplicable events make Priya and her lover, the county sheriff, wonder if supernatural beings are walking through the city.
For a final event that will shake the mountain, Priya must access the dark, sensual power of the goddess Kali to defeat the predator. And she must do so before more civilians and law officers become the latest victims.
Showcasing magical realism and a powerful female protagonist, Beloved blends the human darkness of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) with the smart sophistication of Tana French (Dublin Murder Squad series) and J.D. Robb for a twisty, ingenious, and moving novel of psychological suspense.
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Beloved was supported by fellowships and art residency programs from the Vermont Studio Center and Wildacres Arts & Humanities Center.
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