The truth can bring out the worst in the best of friends.
Esme and Benedict Werner have an idyllic life in a tight-knit community until an accident in their cul-de-sac ends in the tragic sudden death of one of their dearest neighbors. After vindicating eyewitness accounts morph into contradictory memories, suspicion, and unaccountable accusations, Benedict is arrested. Esme’s life, too, is changed forever.
As the neighborhood largely turns against her and her family, Esme has time to think about her past and what to do next. Then her fellow residents start looking deeper, questioning one another, and themselves, about hidden lies and betrayals.
Esme has more than her share of secrets. And the consequences of what happened on that fateful late-summer evening on Raven Lane are far from over. When the mask of civility slips, can friends and neighbors recover from seeing the monstrous truths beneath?
“Peering into the daily lives of the beautiful and talented will provide a thrill for readers…” —Booklist
“[Raven Lane] sticks to your skin and makes you second guess your assumptions.” —Pique News Magazine
“Amber Cowie has written an unputdownable, suburban nightmare, which calls into question all our safe assumptions about what happens on the other side of the picket fence. Raven Lane will linger with you long after the final page.” —Blake Crouch, bestselling author of Dark Matter
“Raven Lane is a sexy, provocative thriller about devastating secrets and shocking behavior in one bohemian, suburban enclave. With timely themes and boundary-pushing revelations, Raven Lane starts with a bang and doesn’t let up until the final, jaw-dropping twist.” —Robyn Harding, international bestselling author of Her Pretty Face
“Beware! Enter the sexy, sordid affairs of Raven Lane with a clear schedule, because you won’t be able to put this HOT thriller down. Paired with your favorite vino or tea, you’ll find the escape into this suspenseful page-turner full of delicious betrayals. Loved it. Clever. Unique. Hot. Devilish fun.” —Shannon Kirk, international bestselling author of Method 15/33, In the Vines, and Gretchen
“A fateful accident on an otherwise lovely summer evening opens a veritable menu of lust, lies, and buried secrets for restaurateur Esme, her husband Benedict, and their neighbors. Atmospheric and edgy, Raven Lane serves up a satisfying tale of questionable choices and their unanticipated consequences.” —Linda Keir, author of The Swing of Things and Drowning With Others
“Nothing is quite as it seems on idyllic Raven Lane. Inside this carefully curated neighborhood, accomplished artists, writers, and musicians inhabit their beautiful modern homes and each other’s lives, but something sinister lurks just beneath the surface. A terrible car accident unravels a litany of lies and betrayals as police begin to consider the possibility of a murder. This haunting thriller will keep you reading late into the night!” —D.M. Pulley, author of The Dead Key and No One’s Home
“Amber Cowie’s Raven Lane is the sly, sexy, irresistible tale of a family—make that an entire neighborhood—that embraces self-deception as a means of daily survival. The result is a page-turning piece of fictional anthropology that illustrates the tragic differences between what we are, what we imagine we are, and what others want us to be. I’m sorry that it’s over.” —Bryan Gruley, author of Bleak Harbour
“In Raven Lane Amber Cowie delivers a deliciously discomfiting and compelling domestic suspense told from the intimate third-person point of view of Esme Werner, whose version of events appears increasingly questionable after a terrible accident on a balmy September evening shatters the delicate façade of a privileged neighborhood, revealing a salaciously toxic—and deadly—tangle of relationships below. For fans of domestic suspense with unreliable narrators, this tale of marriages and parenthood gone wrong hits the right notes.” —Loreth Anne White, bestselling author of In The Dark
“Another thought-provoking read from Amber Cowie. Raven Lane is a seemingly tight-knit community of close friends but which is shot through with misconceptions and murderous secrets. Interwoven into the tightly written plot is a book within a book, cleverly reflecting the goings on in Raven Lane. Do we all have a monster within us? Keep turning those pages to find out.” —Imogen Clark, bestselling author of Postcards from a Stranger and Where the Story Starts
Amber Cowie is a novelist and freelance writer living in a small town on the west coast of British Columbia. Her work has appeared on CrimeReads and in the New York Times and Salon, among other publications. She is the author of Raven Lane and the number one Kindle bestseller Rapid Falls, which was also a runner-up in the Whistler Independent Book Awards. Amber serves as a board member of her local chapter of Sisters in Crime, and she holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria. She is a mother of two and a reader of many who likes skiing, running, and writing stories that make her internet search history unnerving. For more information, visit www.ambercowie.com.