Mister Tender's Girl

Carter Wilson (Author)


A 2019 Thriller Award Finalist!

How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?

At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn't exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice's own father in a series of popular graphic novels.

Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear...

Inspired by the Slender Man crime, this gripping thriller plunges you into a world of haunting memories and unseen threats, leaving you guessing until the harrowing end.

Product Details

Poisoned Pen Press
Publish Date
February 13, 2018
5.6 X 1.3 X 8.1 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Carter Wilson is the USA Today-bestselling author of THE COMFORT OF BLACK, which won the Colorado Book Award, the International Book Award, and the National Indie Excellence Award. His thrillers have received critical acclaim, including multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. He resides outside of Boulder, Colorado. Visit him at www.carterwilson.com


"Written full of tension sharp as the edge of a razor-blade, Wilson weaves together an intense story that is as chilling as it is haunting. Not for the faint of heart, Mister Tender's Girl is a mesmerizing, complex thriller that's impossible to put down until the very end - just make sure to keep the lights on." - BookTrib.com
"With its fierce heroine and surprises at every turn, Mister Tender's Girl is a thriller to devour." - Shelf Awareness for Readers
"Carter Wilson hits it out of the park with Mister Tender's Girl-one of the most suspenseful novels I've read in a long time. This book is a true page-turner, riveting on every level." - Allen Eskens, bestselling author of The Life We Bury and The Heavens May Fall
"Not since Gone Girl's "Amazing Amy" has a character from a make believe children's book been so richly imagined and realized, and led to such a twisting, seductive tale. Mister Tender's Girl forces Alice Hill out of her lonely, isolated world to confront the inner demons that arose after she became the victim of a violent attack. As Alice delves into the events surrounding the crime, she finds that the fictional Mister Tender may have been a very different man from what the world believed. Carter Wilson's latest novel will have readers checking outside their windows for monsters-and, like Alice, also looking for those that lurk inside themselves." - Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling author of Cover of Snow, Ruin Falls, and As Night Falls
"Chapter by chapter, Carter Wilson's Mister Tender's Girl compels the reader forward: another question, another mystery, another fear to be dispelled or realized. Start reading this thriller and you won't stop until the end. That's how compelling, whether endearing or nefarious, the main characters are. And that's how talented a writer Carter Wilson is." - Randall Silvis, author of Two Days Gone
"This elegantly written, masterful thriller, by turns meditative and shocking, lyrical and violent, will keep you glued to the pages from start to finish." - A.J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Good Neighbor and The Twilight Wife
"The writing is both gorgeous and gritty, and the story so enticing, that I gobbled it up in one sitting. I can only humbly request that Carter Wilson hurry up and write some more." - Sandra Block, author of The Girl Without a Name and The Secret Room
"Dark, unsettling, and full of surprises, Mister Tender's Girl takes the reader on a dangerous journey alongside a woman who must face the past she's been hiding from. A fast-paced, spine-tingling, read-and a reminder that imagined dangers are just as worthy of being feared." - Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Stranger
"In spare prose, Wilson ratchets up the horror spawned by obsession to a bloody end. For those who tolerate intense, sometimes graphic fiction, this is mesmerizing." - Booklist, Starred Review
"Make sure you don't have any other plans when you crack this book open. This first-rate thriller will consume you." - The Oklahoman
"...taut, complex thriller..." - Publishers Weekly
"...a can't-put-down thriller that will reverberate with readers. The characters are well drawn, the plot hums, the creepiness level is high, and you won't see the ending coming. Fans of psychological suspense shouldn't miss this great thrill ride. " - Library Journal
"Wilson turns the creep factor up to 11, balancing his prose on a knife's edge. A highly satisfying high-tension thriller. " - Kirkus Reviews