A thrilling nature-versus-nurture psychological suspense novel forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing on March 3, 2020.

Not a single resident of St. Augustine, Florida can forget the day that Michael Joshua Hayes walked into a shopping mall and walked out the mass murderer of eleven people.


He's now spent over a decade on death row and his daughter Evelyn—who doesn't remember a time when her father wasn't an infamous killer—is determined to unravel the mystery and understand what drove her father to shoot those innocent victims.


Evelyn's search brings her to a support group for children of incarcerated parents, where a fierce friendship develops with another young woman named Clarisse. Soon the girls are inseparable—and by the beginning of the summer, Evelyn is poised at the edge of her future and must make a life-defining choice: whether to believe that a parent's legacy of violence is escapable or that history will keep repeating itself, whether we choose it to or not. 

"Karen Dietrich can stop your heart with a sentence."
--Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author

“Exquisitely written in delicious language and detail.”

--Domingo Martinez, New York Times bestselling author

"Dietrich works beautifully by understatement, allowing her subtle

clues to paint a terrifying world for the innocent protagonist.”

--Publishers Weekly on Karen's memoir The Girl Factory



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