The Ninth Step by Grant Jerkins

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Is it true what they say? That we’re only as sick as our worst secret? Because Helen Patrice has one. Last night, she murdered a stranger…

Helen is a recovering alcoholic struggling through a twelve-step program. Now it’s time to make amends for a crime she got away with—a hit and run accident that killed the wife of school teacher Edgar Woolrich. It’s time to face the consequences. When she finally gathers the courage to meet him, the ninth step begins with a lie—the first of many as their relationship grows, and Helen knows it’s far too late to reveal the truth to a man she’s come to love. Then one day, she receives an anonymous note: Does he know you killed his wife?

Now her devastating trail of deceit is about to lead her into the darkest place so far—that of other people’s secrets…


About Grant Jerkins

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Grant Jerkins lives with his wife, Andria, and son, Zachary, in the Atlanta area where he has worked for ten years advocating for adults with developmental disabilities.
Published September 4, 2012 by Berkley. 302 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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One night, while she’s on her way home from a particularly ugly pickup at one of the bars she takes care not to visit often enough to become a regular, her car collides with that of geometry teacher Edgar Woolrich and his wife, Judy, who’s just announced that she’s going to have a baby.

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A fatal car accident propels this sharp and edgy novel, Jerkins’s third (after At the End of the Road and A Very Simple Crime).

Jul 02 2012 | Read Full Review of The Ninth Step

Of course Jerkins being an author who loves to explore the darkest corners of people’s hearts, he gives readers that setup then mercilessly rips the scabs off the wounds both Helen and Edgar are trying so desperately to recover from in order to see how they react when their backs are pressed to t...

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Spinetingler Magazine

Grant Jerkins’ The Ninth Step gets to the heart of some my favorite themes in crime like few novels I’ve ever read.

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