When the Stars Go Dark

When the Stars Go Dark Review

Anna Hart is a missing persons detective in San Francisco. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna's childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.

Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives--and our faith in one another.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife comes a novel of intertwined destinies and heart-wrenching suspense: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal?

Title:When the Stars Go Dark
Edition Language:English

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  • JanB

    4.5 stars“Every 73 seconds someone in America becomes the victim of sexual assault. Every nine minutes one of those victims is a child. 82% of victims under the age of eighteen are female. The effec...

  • Regina

    I’m going to do something I never do… I suggest you read the publisher’s synopsis before starting When the Stars Go Dark. I’ve read it multiple times since finishing the novel and am marveling...

  • Elyse  Walters

    No Spoilers!!!Paula McLain fans will recognize her luscious writing ...it’s gorgeous. Her descriptions are irresistible, and photogenically tantalizing. Unlike Paula’s past work: —Historical Fi...

  • Will Byrnes

    A town like this feels so safe and apart from the outside world. You start to wonder if it’s dangerous.” “The fairy tale of it, you mean?”“Right. False security. You stop looking over you...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    I haven’t read so lyrical words written in full of intensity in such a powerful, moving, thought provoking tone! I literally find myself trapped inside the mind of heroine and I didn’t want to lea...

  • jessica

    rounding up because, even though this was probably closer to 3 stars in terms of overall reading experience, i really enjoy when crime fiction includes real life cases. i find it absolutely fascinatin...

  • Jen

    I loved Circling the Sun by McLain. This is a totally different genre- a mystery.Anna has just gone through a tragedy - but we aren’t told until the end. She makes her way back to the town she grew ...

  • megs_bookrack

    Wracked with grief after a personal tragedy, Missing Persons Detective, Anna Hart, flees from her regular life in San Francisco in order to give herself space to heal.She heads back to Mendocino, in N...

  • Theresa Alan

    THIS BOOK IS FABULOUS. I love when I read a novel told from the perspective of someone who works in law enforcement and I find the narrator so convincing that I wonder if the author had a career as a ...

  • Mischenko

    Anna's an experienced detective specializing in cases involving missing people--specifically children. After suffering a family tragedy in San Francisco, Anna leaves for the coastal community of Mendo...