“I very much need to be dead.”

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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives is brimming with charm and new beginnings.

Welcome to Three Pines, where the cruelest month is about to deliver on its threat.
It’s spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life.

A dead husband, a dead secretary, crank phone calls the same time everyday and a stalker who is closer than Mary realizes.

This is an engrossing, twisted thriller that will leave you wide-eyed and wondering ‘wtf’ just happened?

Echo’s narrative is beautifully woven spanning time and place, family hardships and the harmonica tying three children together. This book should be required reading for all middle grade children and adults alike.

He came around a corner and stopped when he saw me. He was out of breath. “There you are,” he said. “When did you get here?”
“To the Fiction section?”
“You’re dressed differently now,” he said. “And your hair was shorter.”
“My hair? What are you talking about?”
“You were in the market. Fifteen minutes ago. I saw you.”
“No. That wasn’t me. I wasn’t in any market.”

“The human body was a thing of beauty because so many structures protected the heart, but she realized that the human heart simply could not be protected, not by muscle, not by bone, not by anything.”

It’s late. The phone rings.
The man on the other end says his daughter is missing.
Your daughter.
The baby you gave away over fifteen years ago.
What do you do?

“If you think of doing something in New York City, you can be certain that at least two thousand other people have the same thought. And of the two thousand who do, about one thousand will be standing in line waiting to do it.”