HarperTorch, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780061434419, 370pp.
Publication Date: December 2010
A bad thing occurred three years ago. A little boy died for no discernable reason, shattering lawyer John Henderson's world. Today he's a different man, living a solitary, simple existence in an Oregon beach house--until the night he receives a short e-mail from a stranger:
I know what happened.
With just four words, Henderson is pulled back to Black Ridge, Washington, the one place he'd hoped never to see again. It seems that bad things have always happened in this small town of generations-old secrets--and the shadows here seem even darker now than when tragedy first drove John Henderson away. The deeper he digs for answers, the more danger he draws toward himself and his estranged, helpless family . . . and he's not the only one who's been called home.
And that's a very bad thing . . .
“This spooky tale shows Marshall...has a knack not only for the frisson of dread but also the telling psychological insight.”
-Publishers Weekly on BAD THINGS
“A genuinely scary thriller with satisfyingly malevolent villains.”
-The Sun Herald (Sydney) on BAD THINGS
“Marshall builds up suspense slowly . . . Black Ridge – like the Maine towns populated by Stephen King’s characters – is not a place you want to visit.”
-Booklist on BAD THINGS
“This is a psychological thriller guaranteed to keep you up at nights.”
“Fast-moving, sinister and highly accomplished…This is ferocious story-telling of the highest order, with corkscrew twists and turns that make it deliciously scary as the secrets unfold.”
-Daily Mail (London) on BAD THINGS
“Michael Marshall is the new Stephen King, to the nth degree. He successfully complements Carol O’Connell’s tormented characters for roller-coaster-like psychological twists and thrills....BAD THINGS deserves six stars.”
-www.BookReporter.com on BAD THINGS
“taut action and appealing characters”
-San Francisco Chronicle