Strange but True by John Searles

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After a mysterious fall from his Manhattan apartment, Philip Chase has moved home with his mother, Charlene, a bitter woman who has never fully accepted the death ofher younger son, Ronnie, five years earlier. Numb from watching too much TV and trading snipes with his mother, Philip is in stasis. But everything changes one winter night when Ronnie's high school girlfriend shows up on their doorstep to deliver the news that she is pregnant ... and the father, she claims, is Ronnie.

So begins the startling tale as Philip and his mother confront Melissa's past and their own. Their search for answers takes them on an emotional journey, placing them in the path of murder and revenge. At once a moving story of redemption and a heart-stopping work of suspense, Strange but True brings to life a cast of characters that no reader will soon forget.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

About John Searles

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John Searles is an Editor-at-Large at Cosmopolitan. he is the author of Boy Still Missing and Strange but True, and his essays, articles, and reviews have been published in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Redbook, Out, and many other national magazines and newspapers. He lives in New York City.
Published December 6, 2011 by William Morrow. 308 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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As Charlene makes tentative moves to recovery, Melissa, who lives in a shack owned by former policeman Bill Erwin and his wife Gail and is due to deliver any day, is asked by Gail to move out, as she’s behind in her rent.

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Searles opens on the night that Melissa Moody, girlfriend to Ronnie Chase, who died five years earlier in a car crash after their high school prom, visits the Chases to tell Ronnie's brother, Philip, and his cantankerous mother that she's pregnant—with, she's sure, Ronnie's child.

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Book Reporter

This book defies the rules, making it a challenge to fit it neatly into a genre --- it's part mystery, part tragedy, part comedy, and part simple slice of life.

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USA Today

Horribly scarred by the accident, the obviously pregnant Melissa tells Ronnie's mother and brother that she believes she is carrying Ronnie's child.Melissa's unfathomable announcement shoves the characters into the face of their fears, forcing them to deal with failed relationships, widespread an...

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Five years ago, Ronnie Chase died in an accident right after leaving his school's prom.

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