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The St. Louis County Library Foundation and the Novel Neighbor are pleased to host popular thriller writer Catriona Ward, author of “Looking Glass Sound.”

The event will take place on Monday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Grant’s View Branch of the St. Louis County Library, 9700 Musick Rd., St. Louis MO, 63123.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

From Catriona Ward, author of “The Last House on Needless Street,” comes a masterful story about friendship and betrayal, dark obsessions, and the impossibility of escaping your own story.

In a cottage overlooking the windswept Maine coast, Wilder Harlow has begun the last book he will ever write. It is the story about the sun-drenched summer days of his youth in Whistler Bay, and the blood-stained path of the killer that stalked his small vacation town. About the terrible secret he and his friends discovered entombed in the coves off the bay. And how the pact they swore that day echoed down the decades, forever shaping their lives.

But the more Wilder writes, the less he trusts himself and his memory. He starts to see things that can’t be real – notes hidden in the cabin, from an old friend now dead; a woman with dark hair drowning in the icy waters below, calling for help; entire chapters he doesn’t recall typing, appearing overnight. Who, or what, is haunting Wilder?

No longer able to trust his own eyes, Wilder begins to fear that this will not only be his last book, but the last thing he ever does.

Lauren Beukes, author of “The Shining Girls,” calls this “an origami puzzle of a book, the mystery so beautifully crafted you don’t see the folds, with edges sharp as a paper cut.”

Catriona Ward is an award winning thriller and horror novelist. She is a three-time winner of the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel: for “The Girl from Rawblood”; ”Little Eve;” and “The Last on Needless Street.” “Little Eve” also won the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel.

Program sites are accessible. With at least two weeks' notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Call 314-994-3300 or contact us.

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