A chilling, only-too-topical thriller from the award-winning author of THE RED SCREAM and ALL THE DEAD LIE DOWN.
Eleven Texan schoolchildren and their bus driver are captured by a fundamentalist cult, taken to a fortified compound and buried underground, kept alive but only just. Negotiations lead nowhere. Enter Molly Cates, tenacious crime writer with the inside track on the cult leader. But time is running out…
Claustrophobic terror alternates with frenzied investigations as the sect’s deadline approaches. Post-Waco, post-Oklahoma, the nature of cults is explored to its grim, unrelenting limits in this terrifically paced novel of suspense.
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‘Nail-biting suspense from the first page, masterfully extended to the last
‘ Kirkus Reviews
‘A knockout novel. With unerring pacing… Walker leads up to her superbly orchestrated final act, which will leave readers cheering, weeping and gasping for breath’
‘An instant classic in mystery and suspense. The best chiller-thriller of the year’
‘A kidnap story of rare intensity and mounting tension’
‘Above them the wood cover was slid into place. The space they stood in seemed to shrink. They were sealed into a pit with the smell of rotting earth…’
For forty-six days, bus driver Walter Demming and eleven schoolchildren have been buried underground, held captive in the fortified compound of a fundamentalist cult. Deprived of daylight, fresh air and contact with the outside world, they endure the terrifying rants of the cult’s leader, the charismatic Samuel Mordecai. He joyfully predicts the arrival of the Apocalypse – in exactly five days’ time.
All attempts at negotiations have failed. Enter tenacious crime reporter Molly Cates, the only journalist ever to have interviewed Mordecai. It was the worst assignment of her life – until this one. She has gained his trust before, and she must try again. But this time the stakes are impossibly high. And she has just five days…
PRAISE FOR THE AWARD WINNING MARY WILLIS WALKER
“A kidnap story of rare intesity and mounting tension… a superb suspense thriller.”
“A knockout novel … which will leave readers cheering, weeping and gasping for breath”
“Nail-biting suspense from the first page, masterfully extended to the last”
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