cover image Dead Ringers

Dead Ringers

Christopher Golden. St. Martin’s, $25.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-05732-7

Golden (Tin Men) delves deep into the realm of psychological and supernatural horror for this nightmarish novel set in the streets and alleys of present-day Boston. Tess Devlin is going about her day when she sees her ex-husband, Nick, and he refuses to acknowledge her. An angry phone call to Nick reveals that he’s off on a romantic getaway with his girlfriend, and nowhere near where Tess saw him. One by one, Tess’s close friends and coworkers have similar experiences with doppelgangers, until no one can tell the real from the fake. Fearing for her own life and her daughter’s, Tess gathers everyone together to discover the truth. The mystery unfolds over several days, with various well-developed characters taking turns narrating the creepy events. Deeply disturbing and studded with ghastly imagery, this beautifully written narrative will inspire shudders with every turn of the page. Agent: Howard Morhaim, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. (Nov.)