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As she opened her eyes and took in her surroundings, a feeling of terror ran through her weakened body. She knew exactly where she was. And she knew exactly what was about to happen to her…

When Ella Tate stumbles into Black Rock Falls, her exhausted and bloodied body is a terrifying sight, but not as frightening as the story she has to tell. Ambushed on their way into town when they stopped to help a man by the side of the road, Ella and her friend, Sky, ran when he pulled a knife on them. But only one of them got away.

As Detective Jenna Alton investigates the case, she looks into the history of missing persons in the town, and uncovers more cases—all young people. All stopped on the same stretch of road into town. All vanished without a trace.

When a distinctive pink sweater belonging to Sky turns up in Black Rock Falls, Jenna follows the trail to a derelict building on the outskirts of town. But she isn’t prepared for what lies behind those doors. Can she stop the killer before more lives are lost?

USA Today bestselling author D. H. Hood spoke with The Big Thrill about her latest thriller, WHERE ANGELS FEAR:

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

So many things—the workings of a variety of industrial machinery was an interesting part of my research. Another would be how cadaver dogs are able to work in different environments.

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

Everything. I enjoy the research—in fact I’m hungry for knowledge of all aspects of crime, forensic science, and police procedure. Turning a crime formed inside my head into a thriller is something I love doing and hope to do for a long time.

What was the biggest challenge this book presented? What about the biggest opportunity?

The scenes are set in the middle of winter. The snow is thick on the ground, so discovering ways to hide the killer’s tracks was quite challenging.

The biggest opportunity for me was the chance to research a number of interesting drugs and their effects.

Which took shape first: plot, character, or setting?

I love delving into the minds of psychopaths, so the killer’s character came first in this story. He is devious and manipulative, which made him perfect for the crime I had in mind.


Known for her wicked sense of humor, D. K. Hood was the kid who told ghost stories around the campfire. Writing crime thrillers for Bookouture (Hachette UK) has been a dream come true for her. The success of Don’t Tell a Soul flying into the Top 100 Bestseller list on Amazon in the USA, Canada and Australia plus The Crying Season making the USA Today Bestsellers list has spurred her on to write more thrilling novels in the Kane and Alton series.

Her interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. It is one subject she enjoys studying above all others because with the constant advances, it never gets boring.

To learn more about D. K., please visit her website.


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