That Night in the Library

A Novel

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Pub Date Jun 11 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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“This chilling locked room mystery grows more sinister by the page, culminating in a cut-throat final twist and reveal I never saw coming. That Night in the Library is as gripping as it is terrifying. Once you enter the library, there is no turning back.” —Elle Cosimano, New York Times bestselling author of the Finlay Donovan mysteries

One night locked in the library. What could go wrong?

On the night before graduation, seven students gather in the basement of their university's rare books library. They're not allowed in the library after closing time, but it's the perfect place for the ritual they want to perform—one borrowed from the Greeks, said to free those who take part in it from the fear of death. And what better time to seek the wisdom of ancient gods than in the hours before they'll scatter in different directions to start their real lives?

But just a few minutes into their celebration, the lights go out—and one of them drops dead. As the body count rises, with nothing but the books to protect them, the group must figure out how to survive the night while trapped with a murderer. That Night in the Library is a chilling literary mystery that transports readers to a world where secrets live in the dark, books breathe fears to life, and the only way out is to wait until morning. 

“This chilling locked room mystery grows more sinister by the page, culminating in a cut-throat final twist and reveal I never saw coming. That Night in the Library is as gripping as it is...


Advance Praise

"The tortured inner voice of narrator Faye, the shyest library employee, is used to wonderful effect by Jurczyk to chronicle a frenzied, terrifying night in a locked room—the library’s basement cage—that starts with a killing. The ending here is a shock, and along the way the author delivers chills that are packed with narcissistic venom and choking claustrophobia."
—First Clue

“Filled with as much keen observational insight as there are twists and turns, That Night in the Library will keep readers guessing even as its razorblade social commentary will make them squirm. A thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking read.”
—Bianca Marais, bestselling author of The Witches of Moonshyne Manor

“Jurczyk breathes sentience and menace into the rare books library. She lures you in and traps you in this chilling mystery until the very last page.
—Sulari Gentill, USA Today bestselling author of The Woman in the Library


"The tortured inner voice of narrator Faye, the shyest library employee, is used to wonderful effect by Jurczyk to chronicle a frenzied, terrifying night in a locked room—the library’s basement...


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This is a CRAZY novel. Enter this gothic library if you DARE!
Seven grad students gather in the basement of the rare books library to recreate an ancient Greek ritual focusing upon Persephone. When one of the students falls ill, fingers are pointed and it's a tense, chaotic scrum to get out of the library before it's too late. Very interesting, very unique, That Night in the Library is a great thriller/horror story! #EvaJurczyk #ThatNightinthelibrary #poisonedpenpress #

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A locked door murder mystery set in a rare books library? YES PLEASE!! I couldn't read this gothic thriller fast enough. As a librarian/archivist who has worked at the Thomas Fisher rare book library in Toronto (just like the author), this one was a pure delight! Twisty and dark and it kept me guessing right to the end. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early digital copy in exchange for my honest review!

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That Night in the Library was well executed by the author. Easy read, not as fast paced as some other thrillers I've read, but the setups were necessary. Great vacation read, I got through it in three days!

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“That Nigh in The Library” completely convinced me. Follow an authentic and diverse group of seven young people as they struggle with their morals and their lives during a night in the library. What is real? What is being kept secret? Who is the murderer? An absolute recommendation for fans of “The Secret History” or “The Atlas Six”.

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I always felt it would be thrilling to be locked in the library. After reading this I had to take a few minutes to catch my breath. I could not put this book down, it was a roller coaster of a ride. We have a group of students that want to have a party. They need certain amount of people for this specific party. They don’t have much in common except for the same college and work in the library. We just get settled down when here comes the first twist, they are locked in. Then bam! A kid comes into the room and drops dead. From there the twists and who can you trust starts to feel like an Agatha Christie Book. The characters are recognize able from your school days. Party girl, hook up couple, the nerd, the quiet girl. The story is well paced and the thrills are around each bookshelf. UNTIL we get to the end and you find yourself going, did that just happen.?
Ms. Jurczyk is one of the best story tellers out there. Do not fool yourself thinking you know how it ends because you will sadly be mistaken. Well written, great story telling and just enough breath catching thrills to keep you wanting more.

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I LOVED this book. As a librarian, it was fascinating and slightly disheartening at times. It's a story about a group of grad students that sneak into the basement of a library to perform a ritual. What could go wrong?

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THAT NIGHT IN THE LIBRARY is a twisty, violent whodunnit that I thoroughly enjoyed. When a murder occurs when a group of students is trapped in their library basement, everyone is a suspect. Throughout the night, suspicion shifts around in a compelling, effective way. Definitely recommend for all fans of closed-door mysteries!

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This book will keep you uncomfortable and guessing through each page! I seriously was not prepared for the level of epicness of this suspenseful read! Pick this up!!!

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