This week we're chatting with Hilary Davidson about her debut, THE DAMAGE DONE.
Lily Moore, a successful travel writer, fled to Spain to get away from her troubled, drug-addicted younger sister, Claudia. But when Claudia is found dead in a bathtub on the anniversary of their mother’s suicide, Lily must return to New York to deal with the aftermath.
The situation shifts from tragic to baffling when the body at the morgue turns out to be a stranger’s. The dead woman had been using Claudia’s identity for months. The real Claudia had vanished, reappearing briefly on the day her impostor died. As Claudia transforms from victim to suspect in the eyes of the police, Lily becomes determined to find her before they do.
Is Claudia actually missing, or is she playing an elaborate con game? And who’s responsible for the body that was found in the bathtub? An obsessive ex-lover? An emotionally disturbed young man with a rich and powerful father? Or Lily’s own former fiancé, who turns out to be more deeply involved with Claudia than he admits?
As Lily searches for answers, a shadowy figure stalks her and the danger to her grows. Determined to learn the truth at any cost, she is unprepared for the terrible toll it will take on her and those she loves.
“A tale of nonstop action with a nice final twist” — Booklist
“Hilary Davidson is one to watch” — Margaret Cannon, Globe & Mail
“A rich, haunting debut” — Megan Abbott
“Grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go” — Linda Fairstein
“One of the best debuts I’ve read in years” — Jon Jordan, Crimespree
“Think Hitchcock writing for the hip Manhattan set” — Ken Bruen
“An accomplished work that brilliantly balances the demands of tightly-plotted noir with a compassionate exploration of family secrets and survivor’s guilt. A superb debut.” — Dennis Tafoya
“Readers will eagerly await Davidson’s next book” — Library Journal
“Hilary Davidson’s debut is a memorable one.” — Ed Gorman
“My favorite new voice in crime fiction.” — Allison Glasgow Robinson, Thuglit
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