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Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman has finally found a place to belong. As the medical examiner for the San Francisco Police Department, working alongside homicide detective Hal Harris, she uncovers the tales the dead can’t tell about their final moments. It is a job that gives her purpose—and a safe haven from her former life at the hands of an abusive husband. Although it’s been seven years since she escaped that ordeal, she still checks over her shoulder to make sure no one is behind her.

Schwartzman’s latest case is deeply troubling: the victim bears an eerie resemblance to herself. What’s more, a shocking piece of evidence suggests that the killer’s business is far from over—and that Schwartzman may be in danger. In this pulse-pounding thriller from award-winning writer Danielle Girard, a woman must face her worst nightmare to catch a killer.

From the Editor

We’ve all had that moment: You see a face across a room and do a double take. For a brief second, you could swear it was your own reflection staring back at you. Encountering your double—a stranger who looks just like you—can be jarring even in the best of circumstances. But for Annabelle Schwartzman, the encounter isn’t at a party or in the grocery store. That unsettlingly familiar face that’s looking blankly at her belongs to a corpse on her examining table. 

As I read Danielle Girard’s forensic thriller Exhume, I feared for Annabelle. Seven years after leaving her abusive ex, she’s buried her past and settled into her life as a medical examiner in San Francisco. But then she’s confronted by the sickening familiarity of this dead body. The woman on her table doesn’t just look like Annabelle; the victim’s life mirrors the life Annabelle was sure she left behind. 

Following in the footsteps of Kathy Reichs’s Temperance “Bones” Brennan and Tess Gerritsen’s Maura Isles, Annabelle is a well-drawn character who is driven by a passion for her work and justice for the victims she encounters. I gasped more than once when reading this book—a testament to Danielle Girard’s ability to deliver a story that surprised me and create characters about whom I cared deeply. 

A taut and suspenseful thriller that kept me turning pages until the very end, Exhume uncovers the pains and triumphs of obsession, love, and life.

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About the Author

Danielle Girard is the author of nine previous novels, including Chasing Darkness and Savage Art, as well as The Rookie Club series. Her books have won the Barry Award and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, and two of her titles have been optioned for movies.

A graduate of Cornell University, Danielle received her MFA at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She, her husband, and their two children split their time between San Francisco and the Northern Rockies.

Product details

  • File Size: 5411 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (October 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DYC10PE
Language English
Author Danielle Girard