Instagram LIVE with Melissa Colasanti
Mystery and Suspense debut author, Melissa Colasanti, visits with bookseller Realy Ann as they discuss her new book Call Me Elizabeth Lark and the process of writing thrillers.
A domestic miracle that seems too good to be true is indeed entirely too good to be true. Twenty years ago, Gwen Barkley, who was supposed to be watching her little sister, allowed her attention to wander to her boyfriend, Jared Henderson, and Charlotte disappeared, presumed drowned. Now a woman who looks very much like the adult Gwen turns up with a little boy at the B&B Myra and Herb Barkley own with the highly distinctive necklace Charlotte was wearing when she vanished. Elizabeth Lark, as she introduces herself, must really be the missing daughter she's been grieving for years, thinks Myra. Only she's not; she's not even Elizabeth Lark. Instead, she's Elizabeth Briggs, who's given an overdose of painkillers to Peter Briggs, her abusive husband, and fled under a hastily assumed identity with her 5-year-old son, Theo. Both Myra and Gwen, stricken by guilt, are all too eager to take the newcomer to their hearts despite her protests. But their faux family reunion is shaded by ominous signs. A picture of Charlotte is defaced by an intruder; another picture is stolen; and someone hacks the brand-new security system Myra has had installed at the Barkley. As the complications and dark revelations mount--some of them, to be fair, a lot easier to swallow than others--one thing becomes clear: "Elizabeth Lark has saved and destroyed this family in one fell swoop." Readers who can look past all this suffocatingly suspenseful debut's coincidences are in for quite a ride. COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Melissa Colasanti is a mother and an author. She has a BFA in fiction from Boise State University. Her writing has appeared in Lithub, Memoir Magazine, The Coffin Bell Journal and others. She is the Stephen R. Kustra scholar in creative writing for 2019, and was awarded the Glenn Balch Award for fiction in 2020.
Melissa will be doing an in-store book signing for Call Me Elizabeth Lark at our Boise location on Friday, 4/16, 4 - 5:30 p.m. MST.