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the forgotten girl

The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door… and it’s his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor—she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town. But Hayden never returns. Could her disappearance have anything to do with the events of their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier when Jason’s best friend abruptly left town and was never seen again?

Kirkus Reviews says, "this satisfying read... is in the same class as Russell Banks’ The Sweet Hereafter." Order David Bell's latest novel, The Forgotten Girl, at any of the online booksellers below or at your favorite local bookstore.

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never come back

Elizabeth Hampton is consumed by grief when her mother dies unexpectedly. Leslie Hampton cared for Elizabeth’s troubled brother Ronnie’s special needs, assuming Elizabeth would take him in when the time came. But Leslie’s sudden death propels Elizabeth into a world of danger and double lives that undoes everything she thought she knew about her family and her past.

Suspense Magazine calls Never Come Back“a definite page-turner... David Bell, once again, has written an incredible, unique thriller that will have you hooked!” Never Come Back is available at the online booksellers below or at any local bookstore.






Twenty-five-years ago, the disappearance of four-year-old Justin Manning rocked the small town of Dove Point, Ohio. Janet Manning has been haunted by the murder since the day she lost sight of her brother in the park. Now, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Justin’s death looming, a detective and a newspaper reporter have started to ask questions, opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Could the man convicted of the murder—who spent more than two decades in prison—really be innocent? And could the stranger who appears at Janet’s door in the middle of the night, claiming to know the truth, really hold the key to the mystery?

Publishers Weekly says, "Bell follows his 2011 debut, Cemetery Girl, with an artfully constructed tale...a powerful, provocative novel." The Hiding Place is available at the online booksellers below or any local bookstore.






Four years after Tom and Abby's 12-year-old daughter vanishes, she is found alive but strangely calm. When the teen refuses to testify against the man connected to her disappearance, Tom decides to investigate the traumatizing case on his own. Nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

Cemetery Girl is available at the online booksellers below or any local bookstore.


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