Dark Debts by Karen Hall

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--Chicago Tribune

There is pure evil at work, infesting the body and spirit, driving its victims to insanity, suicide, and murder. To cast it out, a Jesuit priest must take a frightening journey into the heart of a Southern family tormented by an unspeakable curse.

--Philadelphia Inquirer

As he unravels three generations of secrets and battles for the very soul of the family's last surviving member, he will wrestle with his faith in the face of lust and collide with dark forces hell-bent on destroying him.


Brilliantly imagined and compulsively readable, DARK DEBTS is a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller--a remarkable novel that will grip you with its nightmare vision of evil and hold you spellbound until the very last page.

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About Karen Hall

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Karen Hall grew up in Virginia and attended the College of William and Mary. She has written for and produced many of the most acclaimed television shows of the 1980s and 1990s and received Emmy Award nominations for her work on M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, and The Women of Brewster Place. Ms. Hall has also been a creative consultant on Roseanne and Grace Under Fire and written for I'll Fly Away and Northern Exposure. She lives in Los Angeles and Atlanta. She also has her own web page.
Published March 15, 2016 by Simon & Schuster. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Horror, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Gripping, much heralded horror debut novel by top TV scripter Hall.

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Publishers Weekly

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Concurrent with this love story runs the tale of Michael McKinney, a sexy Jesuit priest who has defied his superiors in the church and is suffering a crisis of faith.

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Paramount Pictures bought rights to this story of a Jesuit priest grappling with unspeakable evil.

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Entertainment Weekly

Before long Randa finds herself attracted to Jack, but no sooner do they pair off than Jack begins to experience what a psychiatrist would describe as the classic symptoms of acute paranoid schizophrenia — hallucinations, command voices, etc.

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