A remote and affluent Maine community, Corpus Christi was untouched by the environmental catastrophe that destroyed the neighboring blue-collar town of Bedford. But all that will change in a heartbeat . . .
The nightmare is awakened when third-grade schoolteacher Lois Larkin takes the children on a field trip to Bedford. There in the abandoned woods, a small, cruel boy unearths an ancient horror--a contagious plague that transforms its victims into something violent, hungry . . . and inhuman.
The long, dark night is just beginning. And all hope must die as the contagion feeds--for the malevolence will not rest until it has devoured every living soul in Corpus Christi . . . and beyond.
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"A dark and bracingly bleak tale of supernatural terror."--Ramsey Campbell, author of SECRET STORY
"An astonishing first novel...chilling, haunting, and so smartly written that the pages fly by like the wind."--Ray Garton, author of THE LOVELIEST DEAD
"Akin to the more ambitious work of Stephen King...this effective debut promises great things to come."--Publishers Weekly
"Langan has crafted a grisly horror story that will keep you out of the woods for years to come."--BookPage
"Deft and disturbing... twists expectations into surreal surprises... hypnotic reading - an assured and impressive debut."--Douglas E. Winter
"[THE MISSING is] as engrossing as a dagger poised at one's throat."--J.C. Patterson
"THE MISSING is reminiscent of Stephen King's Salem's Lot with wicked drops of Koontz, Barker, and Straub."--J.C. Patterson
"THE KEEPER kept me up, late into the night...I'm hoping for a whole shelf of novels by Langan."--Kelly Link, author of MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS
"Echoes of Stephen King resound...the first fruits of a most promising career."--Washington Times
"[A] distinct and juicy flavor all its own. THE KEEPER begins what should be a very fruitful career."--Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of IN THE NIGHT ROOM
"[A] brilliant debut, heralding the arrival of a major talent."--Tim Lebbon, author of DUSK and BERSERK
"Langan has a sharp eye for the small vivid details of American life, and her characters are utterly believable."--London Times on The Keeper
"Langan has the control of a pro...."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A genuine creepfest that recalls, in the best way possible, the early work of Stephen King"--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"...innovative, sharp, and absolutely chilling..."--Brian Keene, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Ghoul and Dead Sea
"...The new author on the block is definitely a keeper..."---Edward Bryant, Locus