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The Dead House

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…
…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails. And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

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US: Little, Brown (Fall 2015)
UK: Indigo/Orion

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The Author

Dawn Kurtagich

By the time she was eighteen, Dawn had been to fifteen schools across two continents. The daughter of a British globe-trotter and single mother, she grew up all over the place, but her formative years were spent in Africa–on a mission, in the bush, in the city and in the desert.

In her literary life, Dawn is drawn to the dark and the inexplicable. Her debut YA horror/suspense novel, THE DEAD HOUSE, received huge interest from publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, eventually being sold to the transatlantic Hachette group.  Her second novel has two titles – AND THE TREES CREPT IN in the USA, and CREEPER MAN in the UK – reflecting the cross-Atlantic appeal of Dawn’s fiction. TEETH IN THE MIST followed in 2019.


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