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A masterful, revelatory work of literary non-fiction about a teenage girl’s shocking crime—and its extraordinary aftermath.

Available March 2023

Deeply reported and vividly written…

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

…a profoundly affecting read.

Booklist (starred review)

…intimately reported, deeply moving, and unforgettable.

Robert Kolker
bestselling author of Hidden Valley Road

…a book of awesome scope, and it deserves to be read with attention.

Hilary Mantel
Booker Prize-winning author of the Wolf Hall trilogy

…devastating and essential…the truest kind of crime drama...

Sierra Crane Murdoch
Pulitzer Prize finalist for Yellow Bird

…a monumental achievement…

Sarah Weinman
author of The Real Lolita and Scoundrel

Photo by Norman Jean Roy

Alex Mar is the author of Witches of America, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times Editors’ Pick. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Wired, The New York Times Book Review, and The Guardian, among many other outlets, as well as The Best American Magazine Writing. She has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Feature Writing. She is also the director of the feature-length documentary American Mystic. She lives in the Hudson Valley and New York City.