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Two ex-wives. Two missing daughters.

The discovery that her outwardly perfect new husband has two stepdaughters on the FBI’s list of missing children sends a mother down a rabbit hole to protect her child.



Jenna Kernan recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing her latest thriller, THE EX-WIVES:

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

The hook came to me first—a young mother meets the perfect man and after marrying discovers both his stepdaughters are missing.

Jenna Kernan

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

I love the illusion of what appears to be, masking what secrets lurk below the surface.

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

This book has past and forward-moving stories that collide midway through. Juggling two timelines challenged in this one.

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

I was surprised and horrified at how easy it now is for an abusive partner to track a person’s every move.

No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?

Appearances are deceiving.



Publishers Weekly bestselling author Jenna Kernan is the 2021 bronze medal winner in the Florida Book Awards Popular Fiction category for her debut crime thriller, A Killer’s Daughter and a 2022 Silver Falchion finalist for Best Mystery with the same title. With roots in romantic suspense, she has written more than 40 books. Her gripping thrillers A Killer’s Daughter and The Hunted Girls feature a criminal psychologist turned profiler, who is the daughter of an infamous female serial killer. Her first domestic thriller, The Adoption, is now available. Look for her next release, THE EX-WIVES, in October 2022. Kernan lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband.

To learn more about the author and her work, please visit her website.