Author(s): Attica Locke
Bury your bodies deep, and your secrets deeper. Just after dawn, Caren inspects the grounds of Belle Vie, the historic plantation house she manages. Back at her office, the gardener calls to tell her she missed something. Something terrible. At a distance, she didn't see. A young woman lying face down in a shallow grave, her throat cut clean. So there will be police, asking questions. The family who own Belle Vie will have to be told. There's a school group on the way to visit. Where is Donovan, the member of staff no one has seen? And all the time, Caren is thinking that there are only so many keys, only so many ways in to Belle Vie with its six foot high perimeter fence. And as she lives on site with her daughter, she wonders: how much danger are they in? A thriller with as much heart as it has pace, Attica Locke combines a riveting mystery with a shattering story of how our history is never just the past.
Bury your bodies deep, and your secrets deeper.
Winner of Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence 2013. Shortlisted for Hurston-Wright Legacy Award 2013.
"'Rich in atmosphere, strong in story, hinges on human complexity. The tangled rope of history has a stranglehold on everyone... illuminates our present and explains us to ourselves... leaving us on the edge of our seats, hearts in our mouths' (Val McDermid, Guardian) 'Genuinely unnerving... interested in subtle, complex questions of identity, family and history' (Daily Mail) 'Locke was shortlisted for the Orange prize for her debut. This is even better' (Observer)"
Attica Locke's first novel Black Water Rising  was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Attica is also a screenwriter who has written for Paramount, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, HBO and Dreamworks. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, with her husband and daughter.