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by V.M. Giambanco


13 days to solve a murder.

13 days to question everything.

13 days before darkness descends.

25 years ago in the woods near Seattle, three boys were kidnapped.

One did not come home.

A quarter of a decade later, a family of 4 is found brutally murdered, the words thirteen days scratched near their lifeless bodies.

Homicide Detective Alice Madison ran away from home as a child, one breath away from committing an unforgivable act; as an adult, she found her peace chasing the very worst humanity has to offer.

Madison believes these murders are linked.

And she has 13 days to prove it.

To stop a psychopath, Madison must go back into the woods and confront the unsolved mystery of the missing boys. She must forget her training and follow her instincts to the terrifying end as enemies become allies and, in the silent forest, time is running out to save another life.

Quercus, UK / 506 pages

Foreign sales:

UK & Commonwealth – Quercus

USA & Canada – Quercus North America

Germany ­– Droemer-Knaur

Italy – Casa Editrice Nord

France – Editions Albin Michel

the Netherlands – Luitingh Sijthoff

Spain – Ediciones Pamies

Israel – Keter Books

Japan – Shueisha

V.M.Giambanco was born in Italy. After her degree in English and Drama at Goldsmiths, she worked for a classical music retailer and as a bookseller in her local bookshop. She started in films as an editor's apprentice in a 35mm cutting room and since then has worked on many award-winning UK and US pictures, from small independent projects to large studio productions. V.M.Giambanco lives in London and THE GIFT OF DARKNESS is her first novel.

For more information: www.vmgiambanco.com