Enter to Win: Ill Will

Two sensational unsolved crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one man’s memory and self-deception in this chilling novel of literary suspense from National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon.

“We are always telling a story to ourselves, about ourselves.” This is one of the little mantras Dustin Tillman likes to share with his patients, and it’s meant to be reassuring. But what if that story is a lie?

A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his forties when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle. The trial came to epitomize the 1980s hysteria over Satanic cults; despite the lack of physical evidence, the jury believed the outlandish accusations Dustin and his cousin made against Rusty. Now, after DNA analysis has overturned the conviction, Dustin braces for a reckoning.

Meanwhile, one of Dustin’s patients has been plying him with stories of the drowning deaths of a string of drunk college boys. At first Dustin dismisses his patient’s suggestions that a serial killer is at work as paranoid thinking, but as the two embark on an amateur investigation, Dustin starts to believe that there’s more to the deaths than coincidence. Soon he becomes obsessed, crossing all professional boundaries—and putting his own family in harm’s way.

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  • Marlene Harris

    good book

  • Hira Hasnain

    This seems like the chilling, suspenseful novel I’d quickly put on my “favorites” shelf!

  • mz

    Looks very interesting! I would love to win this one…

  • Claire Smith

    my husband Will is in the hospital, ill I think that it’s a sign that I should finally win a prize..

    • Robin Blake

      looks like a good read!!!

  • FelicitaMurray

    OO this looks like a great read! I hope I win!!

  • hidaya

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  • De

    “We are always telling a story to ourselves, about ourselves.” This line in itself made me want to read this book. Sounds wonderful!

  • Ann Contella

    Looking forward to winning, but either way this is going on my TBR list.

  • peacesun

    Dan Chaon writes stories that are involved with relationships, and are moving.

  • Ilene H.

    Looks like a good book to win.

  • Margaret Turner

    I am not a fan of psychological stories but this one sounds very interesting. Person and professional crises for this Justin sound like they just may intercept
    each other.

  • techeditor

    I already won this book through librarything.com, although I haven’t received it yet. After I do and after I read it, I’ll try to remember to come back here and tell you what I think.

  • Carol Luciano

    Great book Sounds like a really intense and suspense filled book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Carol Luciano
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Terri Buccarelli

    This looks like a really intense book! Would love to win it! 🙂

  • Michelle Willms

    I love mysteries. This sounds outstanding.

  • vicki

    Hope to win!!