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After Her by Joyce Maynard

August 2013

I have been a fan of Joyce Maynard’s for years. While she is a household name --- and I try to reserve Bets On selections for less-known writers --- I am selecting AFTER HER as a Bets On selection as my homage to Maynard. This novel is loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case that terrorized the people of Marin County, California, in the late 1970s. In the summer of 1979, Rachel and her younger sister, Patty, are having an idyllic summer as they play on the mountains behind their home --- the same mountains where their detective father is hunting for a killer. What begins as one act of violence quickly escalates to the markings of a serial killer. Pressure escalates on their dad as no one can get any solid leads on the culprit.

Joyce Maynard, author of After Her

Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case that terrorized Marin County, California, in the late 1970s, AFTER HER is a poignant, suspenseful and painfully real family saga that traces a young girl's first explorations of sexuality, the loss of innocence, the bond shared by sisters, and the tender but damaged relationship between a girl and her father that endures even beyond the grave.

End-of-the-Year Contest 2013

Congratulations to the winners of our 2013 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 36 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2013, while 36 others won a copy of one of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2013's Bets On selections.

Week of April 21, 2014

Releases for the week of April 21st include GONE GIRL, Gillian Flynn's bestselling thriller about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong; AFTER HER by Joyce Maynard, a haunting novel of sisterhood, sacrifice and suspense; Chris Bohjalian's THE LIGHT IN THE RUINS, a spellbinding novel of love, despair and revenge set in war-ravaged Tuscany; and MAYA'S NOTEBOOK by Isabel Allende, a novel of suspense narrated by a teenage girl who falls into a life of drugs and crime, and must escape before it's too late.