Dark Lie by Nancy Springer

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In this gripping psychological thriller--smart, chilling, and unrelenting--Nancy Springer establishes herself as an exciting new suspense writer with a distinctive voice and some surprises up her sleeve...
To their neighbors, Dorrie and Sam Whiteare a contented couple in America’s heartland, with steady jobs, a suburban home, and plenty of community activities to keep them busy. But they’re not quite what they seem. For plain, hard-working Sam hides a depth of devotion for his wife that no one would suspect. And Dorrie is living a lie--beset by physical ailments, alone within herself...and secretly following the comings and goings of the sixteen-year-old daughter, Juliet, she gave up for adoption when she was hardly more than a child herself.
Then one day at the mall, Dorrie watches horror-stricken as Juliet is abducted, forced into a van that drives away. Instinctively, Dorrie sends her own car speeding after it--an act of reckless courage that puts her on a collision course with a depraved killer...and draws Sam into a dogged, desperate search to save his wife. As mother and daughter unite in a terrifying struggle to survive, to what extremes will Dorrie go in overcoming her own limitations...and in confronting her dark, tormented past?

About Nancy Springer

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Author Nancy Springer was born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1948. She received a degree in English Literature from Gettysburg College in 1970. She has written about 40 books for children, young adults, and adults including the Sea King Trilogy, the Tales of Rowan Hood series, the Book of Isle Trilogy, and the Enola Holmes series. She has won numerous awards including the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, the Joan Fassler Memorial Book Award, and two Edgar Allen Poe Awards. She currently lives in Dallastown, Pennsylvania and teaches creative writing at York College of Pennsylvania.
Published November 6, 2012 by NAL. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the author alternates among the points of view of Dorrie and other characters, most notably the quietly devoted husband, she makes the far-fetched feel plausible, building the stoic Dorrie into a protagonist of epic proportions.

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In her first suspense novel for adults, Springer (The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline) spins melodrama out of the secret that lupus sufferer Dorrie White has been hiding from her devoted but dull husband, Sam.

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Not wanting to upset things, Dorrie settles for proud glimpses of her daughter: Juliet at high school games (she’s good at sports);

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This is the situation that Dorrie White is in when she sees the daughter she was forced to give up for adoption get whacked over the head then tossed into a van.

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