A Novel

A gripping debut that will take you deep into the dark corners of obsession and family intrigue.

Small-town Connecticut art teacher Ellie James finds the intense connection she’s longing for when she meets Will Hastings, a seductive Englishman with an alluring darkness. But just days later, her sister and grandmother are murdered, and she must confront the unthinkable: is Will a man she can trust, a killer—or both?

After surviving a near-fatal attempt on her life, Ellie makes a desperate move. She takes her young niece Lissie and runs to England with Will. There, passion becomes possession, London paparazzi call her by another name, and assassins of a secret society close in when the stunning truth about Ellie’s family is exposed. When Will suddenly disappears after putting a ring on her finger, Ellie must find the strength to elude assassins, disentangle herself from the haunting lies she’s lived for twenty-seven years, and answer one pressing question: who is Ellie James?

Author: Kelli Clare

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

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“Sensual and riveting. Kelli Clare brings a fresh new voice to the genre with this romantic thriller.”
—J. Kenner, New York Times bestselling author

“Clare animates her tale with elegant prose . . . Evading killers sets the groundwork for a sublimely written story of love and passion.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Darkly intriguing and scorchingly sexy; the premise is electrifying. A delicious combination of mystery, intrigue, romance, and action make this a must-read. Kelli Clare is a dynamic new voice in the genre.”
—Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“This is beautiful writing . . . a distinctive voice. I was totally drawn in.”
—William Bernhardt, acclaimed bestselling author

About the Author

Kelli Clare is a former human resource executive and contributing writer for a Forbes and TIME recognized website for women. She has been a progressive voice for a global coalition of bloggers focused on issues involving women and girls, children, and world hunger. Clare lives in Northwest Ohio with her two children and sock-thieving spaniel. Learn more at kelliclare.com.

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