A Most Anticipated Summer Read by SheReads * Motherly * Palm Beach Daily News * Frolic * Crime Reads and more! "Fans of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot may want to check this one out."--Publishers Weekly
"With hints of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, this is a riveting thriller."--Palm Beach Daily News
"Grabs you by the throat and never lets go...with a twist you’ll never see coming.” --Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
"Sounds like Wonder Boys times Patricia Highsmith. Yes please!"--Crime Reads
When a student disappears and is presumed dead, her professor passes off her manuscript as his own—only to find out it implicates him in an unsolved murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of The Request.
After years of struggling to write following the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman.
There’s just one problem: Connor didn’t write the book. His missing student did. And then she appears on his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him.
Connor’s problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma—admit he didn’t write the book and lose his job or keep up the lie and risk everything. When another murder occurs, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student’s manuscript.
This is a suspenseful, provocative novel about the sexual harassment that still runs rampant in academia—and the lengths those in power will go to cover it up.
About the Author
David Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author whose work has been translated into multiple foreign languages. He's currently a professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he directs the MFA program.
Praise for KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS "With hints of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, this is a riveting thriller."--Palm Beach Daily News
"[A] brisk suspense novel....Fans of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot may want to check this one out."--Publishers Weekly
"Grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Kill All Your Darlings will keep you reading late into the night with a twist you’ll never see coming.”--Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
“A dark, twisty journey through the labyrinth of academia. This book has everything—a missing girl, a murder, a book-within-a-book and so much more! One of David Bell’s most unique and engrossing novels.” --Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife
"This is the best thriller set within the insular world of academia since Robert Ludlum’s The Matlock Paper and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. Kill All Your Darlings is psychological suspense of the highest order, a morally ambiguous, twist-laden tale that shines a light on the darkness that lurks inside all of us. --Providence Journal
“Masterful...combining a well-paced thriller with hints of the writing process and the seedy underbelly of sexual harassment on college campuses….entertaining and captivating in equal measure….dealing with some real-life issues in academia, student rights, and the pressures of college campuses.”—Mystery and Suspense Magazine
“[A] thrilling, twisty novel with a great story and well-written characters. [Bell] always tops what he’s done previously (and I love his previous novels). It starts off strong and never lets up. A great Summer read.”—Red Carpet Crash
"An exceptionally gripping, lightning paced, deviously plotted thriller. David Bell is a mad genius. I could not put this book down.” --Michele Campbell, internationally bestselling author of It’s Always the Husband
"Only the diabolical mind of the talented storyteller David Bell could concoct this mind-bendingly twisty thriller! He manages to brilliantly weaponize college, students, teachers, tenure--and even the writing of novels. Smart, audacious and completely original." --Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The First to Lie
"This compelling thriller about a professor, a student, and a stolen manuscript that closely mirrors a real-life murder will keep readers guessing until the very last page. Kill All Your Darlings is storytelling at its very best!"--Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten “Compulsively readable and jam-packed with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster, KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS is first-rate literary entertainment. Suspenseful and surprising, I didn’t want it to end.”--Richard Chizmar, New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Boogeyman
Praise for the Novels of David Bell
"David Bell is a top-notch storyteller....I flew through this twisting, riveting psychological thriller."—Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us
"A terrifically tense thriller with a femme fatale who will keep you guessing until the very end."—Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Home Before Dark