The Familiar Dark: A Novel

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The small and impoverished Ozark town of Barren Springs is reeling after twelve-year-old best friends Junie and Izzy are found at the playground with their throats slashed. While the police conduct their investigation and the parents appeal to the public, Eve, Junie’s mother, decides to take matters into her own hands and will stop at nothing to find out who is responsible and get justice for her beloved daughter. Although Eve had a rough upbringing with a drug-dependent and abusive mother and was determined to raise Junie right and while she shielded her from the troubled life she led, she realizes that the life lessons taught to her by her own mother are just what she needs to bring the person responsible for her daughter’s death to justice.

Author Amy Engel has written an atmospheric mystery that also explores family relationships, class, and lost opportunities. As is so often the case with the residents of fictional small towns, many have secrets that are slowly revealed and are essential to the reader’s understanding of the personalities and motivations of the characters. While the murders are the beginning of the story, the heart of The Familiar Dark is the dark and disturbing journey of a woman trying to understand, and come to terms with, who she is.


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Author Amy Engel
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher Dutton
Publish Date 2020-03-31
ISBN 9781524745950
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Issue May 2020
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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