In a Dark Mirror

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Pub Date Jun 01 2024 | Archive Date Jun 15 2024

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Description

A decade-old crime unites its devoted fans in a haunting novel about delusions in the dark and the dangerous games children play.

Twelve-year-old Maddie Thompson and her friend Lana share a love of horror stories and wild imaginings. But Lana insists they are too old for pretending. It’s time for a different game: serving Him, a figure she sees lurking in the dark, mysterious and demanding. According to Lana, she and Maddie must obey Him or else suffer the consequences. Maddie doesn’t want to lose her most important friendship, even if it means luring an innocent girl into the woods—as a sacrifice for Him.

Ten years later, Maddie is released from an institution and must reintegrate into society for the first time as an adult. While finding her first job and forming new friendships, Maddie struggles to determine what it means to forgive—or to trust—herself. Particularly when she discovers an online community that is not only eerily obsessed with her but committed to the cult of Him.

This is Maddie’s chance at absolution—to convince them not to follow in her violent footsteps. But the loyal devotees have a pull. And Maddie knows that these games often have deadly consequences.

A decade-old crime unites its devoted fans in a haunting novel about delusions in the dark and the dangerous games children play.

Twelve-year-old Maddie Thompson and her friend Lana share a love of...


A Note From the Publisher

Kat Davis’s fiction has been published in Wigleaf, Juked, Cosmonauts Avenue, New Orleans Review, and Monkeybicycle. Her work has also appeared on the longlist for Wigleaf’s Top 50, and her essays and literary criticism have been featured in Southwest Review, in Chicago Review of Books, and on the Ploughshares blog. Kat’s most recent piece of flash fiction, “The Babysitter,” was selected as a finalist for the Mythic Picnic Prize for Fiction and appears in The Best Small Fictions 2022. She has an MFA in fiction from Washington University in Saint Louis and currently resides in the Boston area with her husband and daughter.

Kat Davis’s fiction has been published in Wigleaf, Juked, Cosmonauts Avenue, New Orleans Review, and Monkeybicycle. Her work has also appeared on the longlist for Wigleaf’s Top 50, and her essays and...


Advance Praise

In a Dark Mirror combines true crime and urban legend into something entirely, achingly human. It’s a testament to Kat Davis’s remarkable storytelling that she brings out new facets of the lonely girls who seek refuge in the supernatural, but perhaps her most powerful feat is in following those girls into adulthood, examining the grown women forced to grapple with the real-life consequences. Bold, haunting, and incredibly difficult to put down, this astonishingly confident debut will have you looking into every face you encounter and wondering about the secret darkness we all hold within.” —Sara Flannery Murphy, author of The Wonder State

In a Dark Mirror is a propulsive and twisty thriller that explores girlhood and friendship, obsession and horror. Kat Davis captures the desperation of adolescence with observations so sharp they will take your breath away. Once you start reading this book, you won’t be able to stop!” —Jennifer Close, author of Girls in White Dresses

“Get your nightlight ready—In a Dark Mirror is the kind of book you stay up all night to read, and then you’ll spend the rest of the week thinking about it. It’s a mesmerizing, creepy, original and deeply compelling novel about adolescent girls and the darkness that lurks within, and I gobbled it whole. Kat Davis is a star.” —Annie Hartnett, author of Unlikely Animals

In a Dark Mirror is a riveting, unsettling thriller that sticks to your bones. There are hints of Megan Abbott in the way Davis writes the lush, obsessive beats of girlhood, but this story has a rhythm and a twist all its own. I couldn’t put it down.” —Jess Lourey, Edgar-nominated author of The Taken Ones

“At once terrifying and thought-provoking, In a Dark Mirror is a haunting exploration into the tight clutch of childhood friendship. Even more frightening than the violence itself is the blurred line between what is real and what is imagined, and the dark power of a secret shared between friends. Pitch-black, multilayered, and deeply unsettling…prepare to read this with an almost fevered need to find out how it ends.” —Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of The Girls Are All So Nice Here

“Kat Davis mines a sensational true crime story for something unsettling and deeply human in this potent novel about girls searching for their places in the world and finding something sinister instead. In a Dark Mirror asks uncomfortable questions about the paper-thin boundaries between our best and worst selves, and it paints a picture of adolescence so tender I had to look away at times. Davis’s prose is gorgeous and unflinching. She deftly weaves timelines and perspectives to examine the way lives, families, and entire communities are affected by horrors big and small. I tore through In a Dark Mirror in under 24 hours, but I know it will linger in the shadows of my mind for a long time to come.” —Kate Brody, author of Rabbit Hole

In a Dark Mirror combines true crime and urban legend into something entirely, achingly human. It’s a testament to Kat Davis’s remarkable storytelling that she brings out new facets of the lonely...


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