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Interview with Kevin Willis of WKU Public Radio
Aired on Tuesday, November 19 and Wednesday, November 20, 2013

“I think Bowling Green is the kind of town that people look at as a great place to live. It's a very beautiful town. But there are also always dark secrets in towns like this, and maybe people who live in a town like this don't expect there to be as many dark secrets or weird stories as there are. So it's kind of nice to peel that layer off the top of a town like this and see what's underneath it.” Listen to the full interview here.

From the review of Never Come Back on S. Krishna's Books
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Readers will appreciate the well-drawn characters and the twists and turns Elizabeth must endure in order to figure out her mother’s past and who might have wanted her dead.” Read the full review here.

From April's review on My Shelf Confessions for Never Come Back
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Never Come Back is a gripping page turner of a mystery.” Read the full review here.

“The Book of Family Secrets" by David Bell from Penguin’s Author’s Desk 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

“Even though [Never Come Back] is about a mother and a daughter, I’d have to say that the story has some of its origins in my relationship with my dad who died in 2011." Continued here.

From The Caffeinated Book Reviewer about Never Come Back
Friday, October 11, 2013

"David Bell is an auto-buy for me. I love his skillfully crafted mysteries, and unique, fleshed out characters.” Read the full review here.

From the SheKnows Book Lounge "Red Hot Book of the Week" about Never Come Back
Monday, September 30, 2013

"The twisted threads of this complex novel come together for the most explosive of revelations and family secrets.” Read more here.

From the College Heights Herald "WKU professor prepares to release fifth book"
Monday, September 23, 2013

"WKU has its own hidden secret in the English Department. David Bell, an English professor, is also a published author whose fifth novel, Never Come Back will be released on Oct. 1.” Finish the article here.

From the Kirkus Reviews about Never Come Back
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

“An intriguing, layered psychological thriller. The chapters are short, flow easily into one another and carry their own twisted logic to a believable conclusion.” Read the full review here.

From the Publishers Weekly review of Never Come Back
Monday, August 5, 2013

“Bell does a good job exposing the seaminess underlying seemingly placid smalltown life.” Read the full review here.

From the Daily News "On the Bookshelf" interview with David Bell
Sunday, June 16, 2013

“[Bell] tries to finish everything he begins but believes that ‘one of the benefits of being an adult is giving up on a book that doesn’t grab me. There are too many good books to spend time on bad ones.’” Read the full interview here.

Author interview with writer Darcia Helle about The Hiding Place  
Monday, December 3, 2012

“The Book is called The Hiding Place for a couple of reasons, but one of them is because everybody has a secret—and they keep these secrets from the people they are closest to. How scary is it to wonder what the people in your own house are hiding from you?” Read the full interview here.

Interview with WVXU Cincinnati about The Hiding Place  
Friday, November 23, 2012

The Hiding Place is about a family that has suffered an unimaginable loss in the past… as the family is trying to come to grips with what happened in the past... they’re finding out new things in the present that lead them to believe that what they think happened in the past may not have happened the way everyone believed it did….” Listen to the full interview here.

Author interview and book review for The Hiding Place with Jean Book Nerd;
Tuesday, November 20 2012

“Janet is a single mom who has made a life for herself and her fifteen-year-old daughter, Ashleigh. But Janet is also haunted by the death of her brother when she was seven and he was four. Janet was supposed to be watching him the day he disappeared, and she’s really on a journey to try to understand what really happened that day—and hopefully find some peace of mind about it.” Read the rest here.

From the A Book and a Review review of The Hiding Place 
Saturday, November 17, 2012

"It’s to Bell’s great credit that just when the reader thinks the solution is imminent, it is, in fact, only part of a greater, more complex, more intricate tapestry." Read more here.

From the Book of Secrets review of The Hiding Place 
Friday, November 9, 2012

"… the kind of mystery that keeps me glued to the pages wanting to know how it ends. There were plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep me guessing." Read more here.

From The Guilded Earlobe review of The Hiding Place 
Thursday, November 1, 2012

"The Hiding Place proved to me that David Bell may be one of the best writers today at showing the effects of violent crime on families." Read more here.

From the Mystery Scene magazine review of The Hiding Place 
October 2012

"It’s to Bell’s great credit that just when the reader thinks the solution is imminent, it is, in fact, only part of a greater, more complex, more intricate tapestry." Read more here.

Author guest post on SheReads.org  
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"On the one hand, I don’t write scary books. Not scary the way Stephen King scares us. When they put my books on the shelves in the bookstores, they place them in the general fiction section. They get labeled as suspense novels or thrillers. No one calls them horror. There aren’t vampires or zombies or really even any blood at all. No one runs around with a chainsaw, hacking teenagers to pieces. But a lot of people tell me my books scare them ….” Read more here.

Interview with The Happy Nerd  
Monday October 29, 2012

"People often ask me—and all writers—how long it takes to write a book. A fair question—and one that would seem to be easy to answer. But most writers, if they are being honest, might admit that it’s really tough to know exactly when the writing of one book begins. Sometimes the beginning of the book, the inspiration for it, the first kernel of an idea, can go back years …. ” Read more here.

From writer Ed Gorman’s review of The Hiding Place 
Monday, October 23, 2012

"The Hiding Place is about the search for the truth about a crime from the past. It’s also about surviving and putting things back together and ultimately going on." Read more here.

Author guest post for barnesandnoble.com

“People often ask writers where they get their ideas. Sometimes ideas come to writers in a flash, while other ideas percolate for a long time before a writer decides to put them down on paper. The Hiding Place has its origins in my childhood, but it was only in the last couple of years that I decided to turn it into a novel.” Read more here.

From S. Krishna’s Books review of The Hiding Place 
Monday, October 22, 2012

"This is a novel you’ll want to read in one sitting; it keeps you riveted, and you won’t be able to rest until you discover the truth behind Justin’s disappearance." Read more here.

From the Caffeinated Book Reviewer review of The Hiding Place 
Friday, October 5, 2012

"David Bell has an uncanny ability to create characters that blur the lines of fiction and become real." Read whole review here.

FromSheKnows Book Lounge Paperback Original Picks  
Thursday, October 4, 2012

"David Bell had us riveted with last year's novel Cemetery Girl, and now he's back with The Hiding Place. ”Read more here.

From the Bowling Green Daily News review of The Hiding Place 
Sunday, September 30, 2012

"The Hiding Place is a gem of a book. To use a film analogy, it has the bleak, dense, layered complexity of an Ingmar Bergman classic that draws you inevitably into plot .... Bell has written another winning thriller that is certain to entertain, frighten and swiftly climb best-seller lists." Read whole review here.

Video chat interview with David Bell, Linwood Barclay and their editor, Danielle Perez
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

See the interview here.

From the Publisher's Weekly review of The Hiding Place 
Monday, August 13, 2012

"Bell follows his 2011 debut, Cemetery Girl, with an artfully constructed tale that charts the devastating, life-changing effects over 25 years on the people most affected by the murder of a four-year-old boy, Justin Manning, in Dove Point, Ohio...a powerful, provocative novel." Read whole review here.

"The Great Pulitzer Do-Over: Results Show," The New York Times book blog 
Monday, May 14, 2012

"Lastly, it should be noted that by far the majority of our write-in votes for the Pulitzer from the public went to “Cemetery Girl,” by David Bell, described by readers as a “thought-provoking” story that “brilliantly weaves character development with such a tense plot” and “keeps the reader on their toes through the entire novel.”" continued here.

Interview with WVXU-FM in Cincinnati  
Sunday, January 22, 2012

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From the Publisher's Weekly review of Cemetery Girl 
Monday, August 29, 2011

"Set in a small Ohio college town, Bell’s suspenseful, disquieting debut thriller gets off to a strong start. The disappearance of 12-year-old Caitlin Stuart, last seen four years earlier walking the family dog in a park near her home, has severely tested the marriage of her parents, Tom and Abby. When Abby seeks closure by scheduling a “funeral,” it places the final strain on their fragile relationship. Then the police pick up a teenager outside a mall late one night, somewhat dirty but basically okay, who turns out to be the missing girl. Since Caitlin, a private, self-contained child even before her abduction, is reluctant to share information about her experiences and captor with either her family or police, Tom wonders if she was somehow complicit in her disappearance. Tom’s search for answers to what power held his daughter captive drives the narrative, and all his relationships become defined by his quest."

"WKU Community Creates Book Trailer," The College Heights Herald 
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"David Bell, assistant professor of English, is doing whatever it takes to promote his upcoming novel, Cemetery Girl. One of the creative writing instructor’s efforts includes releasing a two-minute short film, or book trailer, called “Caitlin’s Story.” The trailer will act as a tease for the book to be released on Oct. 4. The trailer highlights scenes from the novel, narrated by the father of 12-year-old Caitlin Stuart, who goes missing for four years. But when she is found alive, she is unnaturally calm and has no desire to talk about what happened to her while she was missing. . ." continued here.

From the Houston Chronicle review 
Saturday, October 22, 2011

“It makes for an intense ride, twisting through some creepy psychological terrain and dragging readers deep into the emotional torrent.” continued here.

From author Ed Gorman’s review of Cemetery Girl 
Sunday, Novemeber 27, 2011

“If you like a suspenseful tale about a family pushed to the limit, a tale full of twists and turns, then you’ll probably like Cemetery Girl.” continued here.

Author interview and book review for Cemetery Girl with Jean Book Nerd
Monday, November 7, 2011

“[Cemetery Girl] is a forceful ride, coiling through psychological territory and pulling the reader into emotional suffering.” Read the rest here.

From the Washington Post review of Cemetery Girl 
Sunday, October 16, 2011

“There can be, for a parent, no more terrible pain than to have a missing child. Is she alive or dead? Did she run away, or was she kidnapped? Given the powerful emotions at work in such cases, novelists are inexorably drawn to missing-child stories. I must have read a dozen of them in recent years. A few have been good, but even the mediocre ones are likely to grip the reader simply because we want an answer: Where is that child?” continued here.

From the Love, Romances & More review of Cemetery Girl 
Monday, January 16, 2012

“If you are anxious to read an exceptional, well-written thriller, then Cemetery Girl is a must-read for anyone interested. It will quickly suck you in and keep a strangle-hold on you until the very end. David Bell is a wonderful author who should move to the rank of ultimate master very quickly. I truly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more from Mr. Bell in future. He is definitely one to watch.” continued here.

“Book review: ‘Cemetery Girl’ a fascinating, disturbing mystery," 
The Bowling Green Daily News 
Sunday, February 12, 2012

“Cemetery Girl is a fascinating, dark and disturbing book, written with taut suspense and great psychological insight. It’s recommended for mystery and suspense readers and lovers of true crime novels.” continued here.

From S. Krishna’s Books review of Cemetery Girl 
Thursday, December 1, 2011

“Cemetery Girl would make an amazing book club pick, just because there is so much to discuss within its pages. It’s an intelligently written and unexpected thriller, one that is difficult to put down. Readers will ponder over Tom’s motives as they question his methods and wonder where the line is, at what point he is going too far in his quest for knowledge. I was thoroughly impressed with this novel and hope that Bell writes another soon.” continued here.

From the That’s What She Read review of Cemetery Girl 
Saturday, February 25, 2012

“Unlike more recent abduction stories, Cemetery Girl explores what happens with those left behind. Tom and Abby must deal with their loss, grief and indecision to move on after four years. Just when things appear to be getting better, they must then deal with the very real phenomenon of Stockholm Syndrome, which is almost more debilitating and frightening than when a child’s fate is unknown. David Bell does an excellent job of capturing Tom’s wildly cycling emotions. Similarly, adult readers will empathize with Tom’s desperation to save his daughter at any cost and confusion over her need to go back to her captor. It is what is left unsaid that is truly frightening and what lends story its power.” continued here.

 

From the Wildmoo Books review of Cemetery Girl 
Monday, October 24, 2011

“David Bell does a great job holding it all together. I didn't like any of the characters in this novel, yet I kept reading, wondering what was going to happen next, even when some of the characters, as seen through Tom's eyes, do some pretty unrealistic things and make seriously poor choices. Issues of trust abound in this novel, as do those of power, control, parenting skills, and family ties. I am impressed with Bell's skill at weaving only Tom's perspective throughout this tale.” continued here.

From the LitStack review of Cemetery Girl 
Monday, September 26, 2011

“With Cemetery Girl, David Bell has delivered a first rate thriller that provides the reader with enough sketchy characters to engage and challenge even the most seasoned reader. Followers of the genre can celebrate the addition of another gifted storyteller.” continued here.

From the Fiction Addict review of Cemetery Girl 
Monday, October 31, 2011

“If readers are able to handle the adult situations, they should be touched by Cemetery Girl.” continued here.

From the Guilded Earlobe review of Cemetery Girl 
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

“Cemetery Girl is a novel of true horror, not coming from supernatural creatures but the depravity of humankind. The combination of story and excellent narration totally immerses you into the plot, and forces you to experience all the pain and emotional turmoil of the main character.” continued here.

From the Suspense Magazine review of Cemetery Girl 
October 2011

“Cemetery Girl is a parent’s worst nightmare, one steeped in reality of today’s world. It is altogether disturbing, brilliantly engaging, and a must-read for thriller fans.” continued here.

From the AdC Magazine review of Cemetery Girl 

“The ending will not be what one would expect, not in a million years.” continued here.

From the Myshelf.com review of Cemetery Girl 
2011

“Cemetery Girl is a very suspenseful book mostly told in the viewpoint of the father. The loss of his child has taken hold of his whole identity. It’s well written and almost impossible to put down. When I was not reading it I was imagining what was to come.” continued here.

From author Rick Koster’s review of Cemetery Girlon theday.com  
Thursday, November 3, 2011

“This debut thriller is a dark and melancholy story about the disintigration of a marriage after the couple's daughter, an only child, vanishes. After years - during which Mom assumes she's dead and tries to move on while Dad won't give up hope - the girl resurfaces but won't breathe a word of what happened or where she's been. Heartbreaking and twisty - and good on you, Dave!” continued here.

From the Crime Fiction Collective review of Cemetery Girl 
Monday, November 14, 2011

“By the middle of the second chapter, it's tough to put down.” continued here.

From “What Happened to Horror?” by Paul Goat Allen

“Just check out some of my favorite horror reads of the last few years: Mira Grant’s Feed and Deadline are unquestionably horror but the first two novels in Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy have been described as science fiction, zombie fiction, and apocalyptic fiction. David Nickle’s stellar debut novel Eutopia has been called historical fiction as well as science fiction, David Bell’s Cemetery Girl has been marketed as a suspense thriller, and Michael Rowe’s Enter, Night – which I described as 'a dark masterpiece that virtually burns the pages with a bloody incandescence'– is essentially vampire fiction. I could go on and on…” continued here.

“Nashville filmmaker producing trailer for English professor’s third novel,” WKU News 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

“James Weems, a filmmaker from Nashville who worked on the films Hannah Montana: The Movie and Neil Young: Heart of Gold, will be making a short film with several WKU students and alums for local author and WKU English professor David Bell in Bowling Green on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 27-28).” continued here.

“IU Alum Now Prominent Writer,” The Preface  
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

“IU South Bend prides itself on producing successful graduates who exceed expectations. If they judge themselves on the likes of David Bell, they have accomplished their mission. Bell is a former English major of IU who is an author of three novels including his most recent, Cemetery Girl. Bell recently came to IUSB on Thursday, October 13 to do a reading and book signing as well as a question and answer session sponsored by the English Club. This was the latest event in the Creative Writing Program's Author Series.” continued here.

“Trailer For ‘Cemetery Girl’ Released,” WKU News 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

“WKU English professor David Bell has released the trailer for his third novel, Cemetery Girl which will be released by Penguin’s New American Library imprint on Oct. 4.” continued here.

“The Man Who Gave Me the Gift of Books" by David Bell 
from Penguin’s Author’s Desk 
November 2011

“If you asked me to summon a mental picture of my dad it would be this: I’d see him in the living room of the house I grew up in on Ferncroft Drive in Cincinnati, Ohio. He’d be sitting there on the couch with a cigar in his mouth, and he’d be reading a book. That’s how he spent most of his evenings during my childhood.” continued here.

Author interview with LitStack 
Monday, September 26, 2011

“I didn’t have a formal outline for Cemetery Girl. I always work best when I know the end of the story. I don’t mean that I literally know what the last scene or moment will be, but I need to have a sense of the characters’ arc–which also means I know how I want the readers to feel at the end of the story. As long as I know that, then I feel confident I can get to where I need to go. One of the great joys of writing is being surprised by something that happens in the book, and that can happen whether there’s an outline or not. I figure that if I’m surprised as the writer then the reader will be surprised as well.” continued here.

From David‘s interview in author Kelcey Parker’s "How to Become a Writer" series 
Sunday, October 2, 2011

“I didn’t even try to get a “real” job. I knew I wanted to write, and I knew I wanted to go to graduate school for writing someday. So I didn’t try to do anything else. I worked, of course, because I needed money. But I chose jobs–bartender, bookstore clerk, telemarketer–that weren’t really taking me anywhere. I could work them for the amount of time I needed to, and then I could write.” continued here.

From author Lisa Alber’s blog  
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

“While my mom jotted down the titles of books to check out of the library, I found my eye drawn to one book. This was a case of cover art successfully sucking me in. I’d never heard of Cemetery Girl’s author, but that stark white cover with the creepy, creeping branches about to take over the face? Love it! And the title too.”