Little Comfort  by Edwin Hill

Little Comfort by Edwin Hill

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A Hester Thursby Mystery

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In a brilliantly twisted debut set among Boston’s elite, Edwin Hill introduces unforgettable sleuth Hester Thursby—and a missing persons case that uncovers a trail of vicious murder . . .

Harvard librarian Hester Thursby knows that even in the digital age, people still need help finding things. Using her research skills, Hester runs a side business tracking down the lost. Usually, she’s hired to find long-ago prom dates or to reunite adopted children and birth parents. Her new case is finding the handsome and charismatic Sam Blaine.

Sam has no desire to be found. As a teenager, he fled his small New Hampshire town with his friend, Gabe, after a haunting incident. For a dozen years, Sam and Gabe have traveled the country, reinventing themselves as they move from one mark to another. Sam has learned how trusting wealthy people can be—especially the lonely ones—as he expertly manipulates his way into their lives and homes.  In Wendy Richards, the beautiful, fabulously rich daughter of one of Boston’s most influential families, he’s found the perfect way to infiltrate the milieu in which he knows he belongs—a world of Brooks Brothers suits, Nantucket summers, and effortless glamour.

As Hester’s investigation closes in on their brutal truth, the bond between Sam and Gabe is tested and Hester unknowingly jeopardizes her own safety. While Gabe has pinned all his desperate hopes of a normal life on Hester, Sam wants her out of the way for good. And Gabe has always done what Sam asks . . .

A second Hester Thursby Mystery will follow in 2019. 

Praise for Little Comfort

"Hill's debut is a chilling psychological thriller with an unusual heroine and a page-turning storyline."

- Kirkus Reviews

"Little Comfort is deftly crafted and its terrifying conclusion stayed with me long after I finished reading.  At its core, this is a story of love and devotion - sometimes misguided - that spins dangerously out of control, throwing protagonist Hester Thursby and those she cherishes into harm's way. Hill makes you care about each and every character in this incredible novel, which is no small feat.  Don't miss this one!"

- Maggie Barbieri, author of Once Upon a Lie and the Murder 101 series

“Little Comfort isn’t just the arrival of a fantastic new book, but also marks the emergence of a spectacular writer to watch. This story had me hooked from the first chapter, and my nails bitten to the nub before I was halfway through. Watch out! Little Comfort delivers just what the title promises.

- Bracken MacLeod, author of Stranded and 13 Views of the Suicide Woods

"In his compelling debut novel Little Comfort, Edwin Hill spins layer upon layer of intrigue as Hester Thursby, in the business of finding people who don’t want to be found, takes on a job that turns out to be far more surprising and dangerous than she bargained for. This smart, complex, and suspenseful New England thriller will keep you turning pages far into the night."

- Jessica Treadway, author of Lacy Eye and How Will I Know You?

"A chilling mix of envy, deceit, and murder. Everyone is lying about something in this tense, stylish debut novel. . . . [It] will have you frantically turning pages until the final, breathless climax.”

- Joanna Schaffhausen, author of The Vanishing Season

“Compellingly plotted and compulsively readable, Little Comfort will leave you a little uncomfortable in the best of ways. Hester Thursby, its powerhouse protagonist, is tough, intriguingly flawed and complex. Edwin Hill’s first effort is certain to be among the year’s best debuts.”

John Keyse-Walker, author of Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed and winner of the 2015 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award

"Fast-paced and riveting, Edwin Hill’s Little Comfort takes off from the opening pages and never lets up. Don’t miss this can’t-put-down debut!"

- Carla Neggers, best-selling author of the Sharpe and Donovan series