By Dan Chaon
“We are consistently telling a narrative to ourselves, approximately ourselves.” this can be one of many little mantras Dustin Tillman loves to percentage together with his sufferers, and it’s intended to be reassuring. yet what if that tale is a lie?
A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting via his forties while he hears the inside track: His followed brother, Rusty, is being published from legal. Thirty years in the past, Rusty got a lifestyles sentence for the bloodbath of Dustin’s mom and dad, aunt, and uncle. The trial got here to epitomize the Nineteen Eighties hysteria over Satanic cults; regardless of the inability of actual proof, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made opposed to Rusty. Now, after DNA research has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning.
Meanwhile, one among Dustin’s sufferers has been plying him with tales of the drowning deaths of a string of inebriated collage boys. in the beginning Dustin dismisses his patient's feedback serial killer is at paintings as paranoid considering, yet because the embark on an novice research, Dustin starts off to think that there’s extra to the deaths than twist of fate. quickly he turns into obsessed, crossing all expert boundaries—and placing his circle of relatives in harm’s way.
From certainly one of today’s most famed practitioners of literary suspense, Ill Will is an intimate mystery in regards to the disasters of reminiscence and the perils of self-deception. In Dan Chaon’s nimble, chilling prose, the earlier looms over the current, turning each one right into a haunted place.
Praise for Ill Will
“In his haunting, strikingly unique new novel, [Dan] Chaon takes ambitious hazards, dismantling his timeline like a movie editor.”—The ny occasions booklet Review
“The scariest novel of the yr . . . creative . . . Chaon’s novel walks alongside a garrote stretched taut among Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock.”—The Washington Post
“Powerful . . . Chaon is certainly one of America’s most sensible and such a lot liable writers, and within the end, Ill Will is a ruthlessly ‘realistic’ piece of fiction concerning the unrealistic ideals humans entertain approximately their world.”—Los Angeles Times
“This exciting novel a few tightly stressed out legal psychologist with a murky previous has the strain of a mystery plus the emotional free up of justice ultimately served.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“Powerfully unsettling . . . There’s much happening lower than the outside of Ill Will—more than one studying will exhibit. Going again and analyzing this oddly compelling booklet back will in simple terms offer extra pleasure.”—Chicago Tribune
“Terrifically eerie . . . Too few writers prize surroundings up to narrative tautness. With Ill Will, Chaon succeeds at providing both.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Outstanding . . . Chaon’s writing is cool and exact, yet his tale is thrillingly volatile. It additionally boasts, on the finish, a standard horror-novel payoff I didn’t see coming—Stephen King couldn’t have performed it better.”—The Wall highway Journal
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