Hemlock Island: A Novel (Hardcover)
A standalone horror novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Laney Kilpatrick has been renting her vacation home to strangers. The invasion of privacy gives her panic attacks, but it’s the only way she can keep her beloved Hemlock Island, the only thing she owns after a pandemic-fueled divorce. But broken belongings and campfires that nearly burn down the house have escalated to bloody bones, hex circles, and now, terrified renters who've fled after finding blood and nail marks all over the guest room closet, as though someone tried to claw their way out...and failed.
When Laney shows up to investigate with her teenaged niece in tow, she discovers that her ex, Kit, has also been informed and is there with Jayla, his sister and her former best friend. Then Sadie, another old high school friend, charters over with her brother, who’s now a cop.
There are tensions and secrets, whispers in the woods, and before long, the discovery of a hand poking up from the earth. Then the body that goes with it... But by that time, someone has taken off with their one and only means off the island, and they’re trapped with someone—or something—that doesn’t want them leaving the island alive.
About the Author
Kelley Armstrong graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada. She is the author of the Rockton mystery series featuring Detective Casey Duncan, which begins with City of the Lost, and the novel Wherever She Goes. She is the editor of the young adult anthology Life Is Short and Then You Die.
"A tech mogul gifts his ex-wife their perfect vacation home on a remote island. You'd think this is a dream come true--but this is a Kelley Armstrong story! With creepy twists on every page and a unique horror element, it's got an ending you'll never see coming." –Alma Katsu, author of The Fervor
“With Hemlock Island, Kelley Armstrong stakes a solid claim in the horror genre. A truly disturbing tale filled with complex characters, weird twists, genuine chills, and deep emotions. Highly recommended!” –Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of Kagen the Damned and Patient Zero
“Armstrong is a master storyteller. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, I was wrong—and I LOVED it! Also, I will never, ever look at wind chimes the same way…” -S.A. Barnes, author of Dead Silence
“Armstrong lures you in with mystery, but once she yanks back the curtain, the horror is full-tilt. A great read!” —Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Road of Bones and All Hallows
“Hemlock Island starts at 65mph and accelerates until you’re in a breathless tailspin, holding on for dear life…I’ve always loved Kelley’s writing and this is one of her best.” - Christina Henry, author of Near the Bone and The Ghost Tree
"A must-read for fans of atmospheric and occult horror with intricate storytelling." - Library Journal