The Girl on the Stairs: A Thriller
originally published as Rough Edges
Was a twelve-year-old girl victimized when her parents were murdered? Or was she the co-conspirator and illicit lover of the murderer?
When true crime writer Samson Black gets a call from Lola Ward saying she wants him to write a book about her, he seizes the opportunity. This is his chance to resurrect his career and discover what really happened eleven years ago, when Nicholas Todd kicked off his tri-state rampage by stabbing twelve-year-old Lola’s parents to death.
At the time, Lola claimed Todd was a stranger who’d broken into her house and kidnapped her. Todd, however, insisted that he and Lola had a forbidden love affair, and that Lola begged him to murder her parents so they could be together.
Now, Lola’s all grown up—brash, sure of herself, and unsettlingly alluring. Though she says she wants to open up about her past, she makes Sam work for every piece of information he gets. Nothing makes sense. He doesn’t know if she helped kill her parents. He doesn’t even understand why she wants him to write this book.
But then Nicholas Todd escapes from jail and wants revenge against Lola. Still unsure about her involvement in her parents’ murders, Sam must determine whether he faces a bigger threat from the killer outside or the woman standing next to him.
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