Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Excerpt & Giveaway: WHAT LIES BELOW by Barbara Taylor Sissel

WHAT LIES BELOW
by
Barbara Taylor Sissel
Genre: Contemporary Mystery / Literary Suspense
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: May 15, 2018
Number of Pages: 334
  
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Gilly O’Connell’s nightmares aren’t just bad dreams; they’re glimpses of terrifying realities to come. Gilly has spent her entire life trying to suppress the foreboding visions. So when a dismissed premonition leads to her husband’s murder, she buries the guilt and pain of the unsolved crime in the only way she knows how—she runs from it.

Three years later, after overcoming a battle with addiction and starting over in a small Texas town, Gilly dares to believe the worst is over. That is, until another crime rips her heart open: the abduction of a three-year-old girl. Gilly knows more about it than anyone…

She’s dreaming again.

Gilly is convinced that if she tells the police she dreamed of the kidnapping before it happened, there’s no way they’ll believe her. But when she finally gets the courage to come forward with what she saw, people don’t see her as crazy—they see her as a suspect.

Now, in order to help a desperate single father save his child, Gilly must first clear her own name. But as the nightmares of the past catch up to her, Gilly’s only chance for salvation might be the dreams she’s spent so long trying to ignore.

PRAISE FOR WHAT LIES BELOW:
“Infused with heart-stopping suspense, emotional resonance, and startling imagery, What Lies Below swept me along a river of urgency and dread. Barbara Taylor Sissel effortlessly weaves together prescience, regret, grief, love, and revenge—all wrapped in the mystery of a young girl’s abduction. Beneath the breathless immediacy of the story lie deeper questions: How do we forgive ourselves—and others—for remembered transgressions, and can we ever break free of the past?” —A. J. Banner, #1 Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Neighbor and The Twilight Wife

“Barbara Taylor Sissel’s What Lies Below is suspense at its finest—heartrending, compelling, and beautifully written. If you’re looking for your next up-all-night read, look no further.” —Jessica Strawser, author of Almost Missed You and Not That I Could Tell

“I cannot emphasize this enough: you must read What Lies Below. Barbara Taylor Sissel manages to combine an unreliable narrator, twisting plot, and well imagined characters to create a world where nothing is as it seems and secrets abound. I had intended to savor the novel’s lovely prose but wound up devouring the book in a day. Simply fantastic.” —Karen McQuestion, bestselling author of Hello Love

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EXCERPT FROM WHAT LIES BELOW

BY BARBARA TAYLOR SISSEL


There was something wrong. While the little girl went willingly with the woman to the car, Gilly felt the grip of cold terror in her bones. She wanted to get at the woman, to yank the child’s hand from the woman’s grasp, and she would have but there was a barrier between them, a wall of thick glass. She paced along it, walking her fingertips over the surface, heart thundering in her ears. Beyond the barrier, some distance away, the woman was chatting with the child, head bent, listening for the little girl’s response. 

God, her small upturned face was so sweet and trusting.

“Stop!” Gilly shouted the word, but neither the woman, nor the little girl, looked in her direction. It was as if Gilly was invisible to them. Her throat constricted; her eyes burned. How could it be this easy, taking a child? It shouldn’t be. There were laws, safeguards.

The woman lifted the tiny girl, who held a Nemo backpack, into a child-sized safety seat in the backseat of the car. It should have been reassuring, seeing that, but it wasn’t. 

“No,” Gilly whispered. “No no no…”

She pressed her face to the glass, memorizing details: the woman was tall, slender, wearing a navy hoodie and sunglasses that concealed the upper half of her face. Gilly had the impression she was dark-haired, but with her head covered it was only an impression. The woman’s car was blue, light metallic blue, a sedan, medium size. Newish, she thought, but the make and model eluded her. She wasn’t good at identifying cars. It was parked in front of a building—small, one story, faced in dark red brick. The woods that surrounded it on three sides appeared dark and sinister. But there—that scrap of pink just at the edge of the woods behind the building—what was that? Gilly pressed close to the glass, cupping her hands around her eyes. It was a trike, a child’s trike flipped on its side. A soft moan escaped her. The scene began to dissolve now—the woman’s face, the building, the car, the pink trike—all of it was retreating, fading into a haze. Except for the child’s face. It didn’t seem possible, but it was as if the little girl had climbed out of her car seat to peer at Gilly through the car’s rear window. Every feature of her small face stood out. She was smiling; she seemed happy. But somehow Gilly knew it wouldn’t last, that she was in terrible jeopardy.

She lunged at the glass . . . 

. . . and woke, thrashing and disoriented. Hot. So hot. Gone still now. Rigid. Waiting, for her breath to settle and for a semblance of normalcy, the recognition of her surroundings to return. The bedroom walls swam at her, the furniture, a dresser and a linen upholstered French country chair, floated in her peripheral vision. A stack of moving boxes against one wall was familiar. It and the furniture belonged to her. The walls belonged to the house she was renting. But they were real, as real as the cold weight of her dread.

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Barbara Taylor Sissel writes issue oriented, upmarket women's fiction that is threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime affects the family. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was raised in various locations across the US and once lived with her family on the grounds of a first offender prison facility. The experience, interacting with the inmates and staff, provided a unique insight into the inmate's lives, the circumstances behind the crimes they committed, and the impact on the families that were affected. The bestselling author of nine novels, her stories focus on the family at the heart of the crime. An avid gardener and the mother of two grown sons, Barbara lives in the Texas Hill Country. She’s represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
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