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The Hawley Book of the Dead

The Hawley Book of the Dead

 An NPR Best Book of 2014!

Magic is in Revelation "Reve" Dyer's blood. Together, she and her husband Jeremy have three daughters, a beautiful home, and a world-famous Las Vegas magic act. But Reve has many secrets, secrets that have not only shaped her past but now threaten her family. When a myserious intruder tampers with the weapon used in one of the illusions in Reve's act, igniting a fresh tragedy, Reve fears for the safety of her three daughters—the twins, Fai and Grace, with their passion for horses and music, and little Caleigh, who seems to be able to weave the future in her endless games of cat's cradle. Grief-stricken, Reve flees with the three girls to the only place she's ever felt safe: the forest of Hawley Five Corners in Massachusetts. It's the place where magic reigns, and her oldest friend-and first love—is the chief of police. Once there, she'll discover The Hawley Book of the Dead, the ancient book that may hold the key to her family's mysterious past...and ultimately, to her own future.

In the exquisitely imagined tradition of A Discovery of Witches and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The Hawley Book of the Dead is a debut novel brimming with witchery, passion, suspense and a shimmering history—a literary potion that will make you believe that magic really does exist.

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The Hawley Book of the Dead


"Enthralling...a magic-fueled tale of contemporary romantic suspense."
   —Booklist (starred review)

"An informed and assured launch...Readers will be thoroughly engaged in the lives of the literary, magical, horse-loving Reve, teen twins Grace and Fai, and 10-year-old Caleigh."
   —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"With a rapid pace and exquisite details that clearly set the scene and mood, Szarlan's novel is a great read for those who love fantasy and tales of witchcraft."
   —Shelf Awareness

"The Hawley Book of the Dead is an impressive debut novel that combines various genres seamlessly. It's a horror story, a police procedural, a missing persons tale and more with the whole greater than its parts."
   —Huntington News

"The Hawley Book of the Dead is nothing short of a masterpiece. I was completely spell-bound from beginning to end. A storytelling virtuosa of rare proportions, Chrysler Szarlan has woven a wondrous, scintillating web of suspense, love, history, and magic that will keep you eagerly turning the pages late into the night. Even readers not normally drawn to the supernatural will be swept away by this book; it has everything a great adventure should have—and so much more."
   —Anne Fortier, New York Times Bestselling author of Juliet and The Lost Sisterhood

"You will be hooked on this enthralling tale of magic and witchery from the very first sentence. That's how quickly The Hawley Book of the Dead weaves the reader into its intricate, suspenseful story. Most importantly, it is a delicious read."
   —Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker and The Daring Ladies of Lowell

"A haunting story of love, loss, family secrets, mysteries, and magic... One of those books that makes you wish your airplane would sit on the tarmac just a little longer."
   —Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of The Pink Carnation series, The Ashford Affair, and That Summer

US: Ballantine Books, hardcover, September 2014, ISBN: 978-0345545022
UK: Cornerstone Publishing (Random House), hardcover, October 2014, EAN: 978-1780891460