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A Cruel Light by Cyndi MacMillan
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Apr 04, 2023 | ISBN 9781639103256

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Praise for A Cruel Light:


“For readers who like more atmospheric menace.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[An] eerie, atmospheric suspense novel . . . Recommended for fans of Riley Sager, Maria Hummel, and Alice Feeney.”
Library Journal, audiobook review

“[A] superb debut.”
Gumshoe Reviews

“An intense small town thriller, with interesting characters, and a story that keeps you engaged.”
Red Carpet Crash

“Like the heroine of her compelling, suspenseful debut, Cyndi MacMillan exposes the long-concealed secrets of a small town, blending just enough danger and romance and spookiness into the mix to create a terrific page-turner.”
—Susanna Kearsley, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Winter Sea

“Cyndi MacMillan deftly peels away the layers of small town’s secrets in this deliciously haunting Gothic mystery. An artful debut!”
—Carol Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of The Lake of Dead Languages and The Disinvited Guest

“Intriguing, compelling, atmospheric . . . I was hooked on A Cruel Light from the opening pages.  Annora is a hugely sympathetic protagonist, one you would like to have for a friend. I was fascinated by the details of art conservation, and the concept of restoring a mural to discover the truth about a long-ago murder. MacMillan gives just enough detail to the process without slowing the story. The paranormal aspects are mesmerizing, and work well within the whodunit plot, coming full circle at the end.  Mounting danger accompanies the growing attraction between Annora and the local police inspector which will delight lovers of romantic suspense. It did me. Best of all: the ending will bring a smile to any reader with a heart. More please!”
—Melodie Campbell, award-winning author of The Merry Widow Murders

A Cruel Light is an innovative thriller somehow managing to turn a stationary work of art into a living, breathing character, writhing with secrets and suspense. Cyndi MacMillan so cleverly uses the meticulous restoration of a painted mural to uncover a decades old, unsolved murder case, keeping the reader hanging on with each newly revealed piece of the puzzle. At the same time MacMillan does an amazing job of highlighting the beautiful ruggedness of the Canadian landscape and the culture that exists within it. An inventive approach to the thriller novel, with beautifully detailed description, a fascinating small town on the brink of imploding, and a story that won’t let you go.”
—Jessica Hamilton, author of What You Never Knew

“A unique twist on solving a murder with enough thrilling ups and downs to keep you turning the pages until the final curveball you won’t see coming.”
—Leanne Kale Sparks, author of the Kendall Beck thrillers

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