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Twenty Years Later

By Charlie Donlea
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Publisher Description

“Excellent…Donlea tells a propulsive tale.” – The New York Times

The New York Times Best Thrillers This Season | E! NewsRecommended Books | Overdrive Biggest Books of the Month

Fans of Verity by Colleen Hoover won’t want to miss this thrilling new suspense novel from the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Taken! Hiding her own dark past in plain sight, a TV reporter is determined to uncover the truth behind a gruesome murder decades after the investigation was abandoned. But TWENTY YEARS LATER, to understand the present, you need to listen to the past…

Avery Mason, host of American Events, knows the subjects that grab a TV audience’s attention. Her latest story—a murder mystery laced with kinky sex, tragedy, and betrayal—is guaranteed to be ratings gold. New DNA technology has allowed the New York medical examiner’s office to make its first successful identification of a 9/11 victim in years. The twist: the victim, Victoria Ford, had been accused of the gruesome murder of her married lover. In a chilling last phone call to her sister, Victoria begged her to prove her innocence.

Emma Kind has waited twenty years to put her sister to rest, but closure won’t be complete until she can clear Victoria’s name. Alone she’s had no luck, but she’s convinced that Avery’s connections and fame will help. Avery, hoping to negotiate a more lucrative network contract, goes into investigative overdrive. Victoria had been having an affair with a successful novelist, found hanging from the balcony of his Catskills mansion. The rope, the bedroom, and the entire crime scene was covered in Victoria’s DNA.

But the twisted puzzle of Victoria’s private life is just the beginning. And what Avery doesn't realize is that there are other players in the game who are interested in Avery’s own secret past—one she has kept hidden from both the network executives and her television audience. A secret she thought was dead and buried . . . 

Accused of a brutal murder, Victoria Ford made a final chilling call from the North Tower on the morning of 9/11. Twenty years ago, no one listened. Today, you will.

“Breathtaking pacing and clever plot twists.” —Publishers Weekly

“An entertaining thriller…surprises lurking around every corner.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A superb storyteller.”Robert Dugoni, New York Timesbestselling author


117 Reviews

Thinking Face“I enjoyed the mystery of the plot and how the author connected stories. I liked that it was fast-paced but I feel there were too many plots going on that I didn't have enough details on each. Overall, a great book.”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersRelatable charactersFast-pacedThrillingRealistic setting
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This book took me until 53% to even really care about the story line. I genuinely loves the next 37% of the book, but then the last few chapters just came so quick with so much change and diversion. The beginning could’ve been cut and added in more of her adolescence or understanding her brother’s part in her life. The romance was off. The murder storyline was the best part.”
Multi-layered charactersComplexThought-provokingViolenceRushed ending
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Took me a while to get into this one. I liked the story overall but felt a little rushed toward the end. I didn’t really see a romantic connection between the two characters but maybe that’s just me. I think if they would have focused less on her career stuff in the beginning and added more chapters about her father or brother currently I would have enjoyed it more.”
TwistyRealistic setting
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I thought this book was fantastic. It’s my second Donlea book. I just read “those empty eyes” but I liked this one slightly better. I thought it was believable, intriguing, and twisty. It kept me guessing throughout and I thought it was well written.”
Reviewed in:Savage Book Club
Believable charactersDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersOriginal charactersBeautifully writtenConversationalEasy to readOriginal writingTwisty
Slightly Smiling Face“I seriously thought one thing the entire time until the last chapter. 🤯”
Reviewed in:Savage Book Club
Multi-layered charactersAddictiveMind-bendingThrillingUnpredictableRealistic settingThought-provoking

About Charlie Donlea

USA Today bestselling author Charlie Donlea was born and raised in Chicago. He now lives in the suburbs with his wife and two young children. Readers can find him online at charliedonlea.com.

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