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Before She Finds Me by Heather Chavez (Hardcover)

Before She Finds Me by Heather Chavez (Hardcover)

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Fiction - Thrillers - Psychological - Suspense


In this shocking novel that is "both timely and emotional" and "sure to be the next big summer thriller" (Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author), two unlikely mothers race to uncover the truth behind a horrific attack—even after it becomes clear that the truth will destroy one of their families.

Julia Bennett has worked hard to create a stable life for her daughter, Cora, in Southern California. So when Cora leaves for college, the worst thing Julia expects on move-in day is an argument with her ex-husband and his new wife. But a sudden attack leaves the campus stunned—and only Julia’s quick actions save Cora’s life. Shaken in the aftermath, and haunted by a dark secret, Julia starts to wonder: What if the attack wasn’t as random as everyone believes?

Newly pregnant Ren Petrovic has an unusual career—she’s a trained assassin, operating under a strict moral code. Ren wasn’t on campus that day, but she knows who was: her husband, Nolan. What she doesn’t know is why Nolan has broken their rules by not telling her about the job in advance. The more Ren looks into the attack, the more she begins to question: Who really hired Nolan? And why did one woman in the crowd respond so differently from all the rest?

Julia and Ren each want answers, but their searches quickly pit them against each other. One woman is a hired killer, but the other is a determined survivor. And both mothers will defend their families to the bitter end.


Heather Chavez is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley's English literature program and has worked as a newspaper reporter, editor, and contributor to mystery and television blogs. She lives with her family in Santa Rosa, California. She's the author of the thrillers No Bad Deed and Blood Will Tell.

“Chavez plays with thriller conventions . . . an intense, high-stakes thriller that also explores what it means to be a family and the lengths to which one will go in order to keep that dynamic safe. Fans of suburban thrillers or of Lisa Unger and Alex Finlay will want to read this one.”—Library Journal (starred review)
"Well paced, often gripping, and builds with expert tension."—Kirkus Reviews
"Slick, smart, layered and full of surprises, Before She Finds Me will have you hooked on page one and guessing as you breathlessly turn the pages. With her complex female characters and expert plotting, Chavez takes her readers on a wild, unpredictable ride. So grab this book and buckle up!”—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six
"With breathless pacing and complex female leads, Before She Finds Me is a page-turning and action-packed thriller that asks the question, how far would you go to protect your family? Chavez is at the top of her game."—Jeneva Rose, USA Today bestselling author of The Perfect Marriage
“From the very first page, Chavez jettisons the reader into a web of intrigue, lies, and murder. Fast-paced and hard-edged, Before She Finds Me is a whip-smart, heart-stopping thriller that will have you flying through the pages and guessing to the very end.”—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest
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