The night we burned A novel

S. F. Kosa

eBook - 2021

A new psychological thriller from suspense powerhouse S.F. Kosa featuring a decades-old secret, a mysterious cult fire, and a woman looking to outrun the ashes of her past...until they come roaring back once more. Dora is always aware of the line between fact and fiction. As a fact checker at an online magazine, her job depends on it. And as a woman outrunning her secrets, so does her life. But when a colleague decides to pursue a story about a murder in her hometown, one linked to a deadly fire... at a cult compound twenty years prior, suddenly all of Dora's carefully spun deceptions are at risk. And if she can't stop the story, her entire life is on the line. As Dora works with her colleague, altering facts to hide her past along the way, she's thrown back into a world she tried desperately to leave behind. One of ritual and belonging, of danger and darkness. A world where two girls promised to help each other through...until it all went up in flames. As her lies pile up, so do the murders. Until Dora realizes she won't be lucky enough to escape twice.

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Genres
Mystery fiction
Suspense fiction
Online Access
Instantly available on hoopla.
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Published
[United States] : Sourcebooks Inc 2021.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 online resource
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
ISBN
9781728215600
1728215609
Access
AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Main Author
S. F. Kosa (author)
Corporate Author
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Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Fact-checker and copyeditor Dora Rodriguez, the protagonist of this strong thriller from Kosa (The Quiet Girl), works in Seattle, Wash., for an online news magazine. An expert at uncovering the truth, Dora hides the facts of her own identity and believes that lying about her past is the only way to protect herself against criminal prosecution for her role in the massive fire that destroyed a cult 20 years ago. But when that past finally catches up with her in the form of a news story she's asked to edit about a murder that she knows must be linked to the cult, Dora must make sure that no one else can uncover the truth—no matter how deeply they dig. Dora's desperate attempts to hold together a disintegrating web of deception alternate with flashbacks that detail the sexual jealousy and manipulation in the cult she fled as a young woman. The flashbacks somewhat slow down the present-day narrative, but the story's explosive conclusion provides a neat twist that compensates. Suspense fans will look forward to Kosa's next. Agent: Victoria Marini, Irene Goodman Literary. (Aug.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"When a bizarre murder puts Bend, Oregon in the national media spotlight, Dora Rodriguez, a fact-checker at an online news magazine, heads into town to support the journalist leading the investigation. He's convinced the murder has something to do with the Oracles of Innocence cult massacre that took place in the area twenty years earlier-especially when it's revealed that the victim was a survivor of the still-mysterious catastrophe. Dora is fiercely dedicated to hard facts and accuracy, but when the story veers too close to a past she's desperate to keep hidden, she's forced to bend the truth to protect herself...even as it becomes clear she is already in the killer's sights"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A new psychological thriller from suspense powerhouse S.F. Kosa featuring a decades-old secret, a mysterious cult fire, and a woman looking to outrun the ashes of her past...until they come roaring back once more.Dora is always aware of the line between fact and fiction. As a fact checker at an online magazine, her job depends on it. And as a woman outrunning her secrets, so does her life. But when a colleague decides to pursue a story about a murder in her hometown, one linked to a deadly fire at a cult compound twenty years prior, suddenly all of Dora's carefully spun deceptions are at risk.And if she can't stop the story, her entire life is on the line.As Dora works with her colleague, altering facts to hide her past along the way, she's thrown back into a world she tried desperately to leave behind. One of ritual and belonging, of danger and darkness. A world where two girls promised to help each other through...until it all went up in flames.As her lies pile up, so do the murders. Until Dora realizes she won't be lucky enough to escape twice.