End of the Road
Releases January 31, 2017 by HarperCollins Witness Impulse. Click the cover to order.
When tech prodigy Jade Veverka creates a program to communicate with her autistic sister, she’s tapped by a startup to explore the potential applications of her technology. But Jade quickly begins to notice some strange things about the small Kansas town just beyond the company’s campus—why are there no children anywhere to be seen, and for that matter, anyone over the age of forty? Why do all of the people living here act uncomfortable and jumpy?
On the way home one night, Jade and her co-worker are run off the road, and their lab and living spaces are suddenly overrun with armed guards, purportedly for their safety. Confined to the compound and questioning what her employers might be hiding from her, Jade fears she’s losing control not only of her invention, but of her very life. It soon becomes clear that the threat reaches far beyond Jade and her family, and the real danger is much closer than she’d ever imagined.
Body and Bone
Released May 3, 2016 by HarperCollins Witness Impulse. Click the cover to order.
Nessa Donati used to be a happily married mother with a successful music blog and satellite radio show. But that was before her husband John relapsed on drugs and went missing. That was before he was presumed dead. And before she was framed for his murder.
When a commenter on Nessa’s blog starts harassing her online, Nessa shrugs it off. Trolls are a part of internet life. But eventually the troll begins threatening her safety and releasing personal details… details only her husband would know.
As Nessa’s life is dismantled piece by piece, her only option is to find John and put a stop to the lies. But when their son becomes a pawn in his twisted game, she must face a disturbing truth: Maybe John isn’t tormenting her, after all. But if he’s not…who is? And how far will this monster go to exact revenge?
Perfect for fans of hard-hitting, fast-paced thrillers, BODY AND BONE continues what LS Hawker does best: creating atmospheric, twisting narratives with strong female heroines that you can’t help but root for.
The Drowning Game
Released September 22, 2015 by HarperCollins Witness Impulse. Click on the cover to order.
USA Today bestseller, finalist, 2016 ITW Thriller Awards
Petty Moshen spent eighteen years of her life as a prisoner in her own home, training with military precision for everything, ready for anything. She can disarm, dismember, and kill—and now, for the first time ever, she is free.
Her paranoid father is dead, his extreme dominance and rules a thing of the past, but his influence remains as strong as ever. When his final will reveals a future more terrible than her captive past, Petty knows she must escape—by whatever means necessary.
But when Petty learns the truth behind her father’s madness—and her own family—the reality is worse than anything she could have imagined. On the road and in over her head, Petty’s fight for her life has just begun.
Fans of female-powered thrillers will love debut author LS Hawker and her suspenseful tale of a young woman on the run for her future…and from the nightmares of her past.
I’ve written five novels, three unpublished: The Last Run (YA), Mirror Mountain (YA), and Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (Mystery); and three published by HarperCollins Witness Impulse: THE DROWNING GAME (Thriller/Suspense), BODY AND BONE (Thriller/Suspense), and END OF THE ROAD (Thriller/Suspense). I’ve got three more on hold: After the Gold Rush (Thriller/Suspense), Out of the Blue, Into the Black (Thriller/Suspense), and Yonder Stands the Sinner (Thriller/Suspense, sequel to The Drowning Game).
I wrote my first novel, The Last Run, when I was 14, and it’s exactly what you’d expect from your average high school freshman. It was about a gang of kids who go skiing every Saturday and get into a situation with a rival gang. Sort of a West Side Story on the slopes. It was spectacularly awful, but it was the first full-length manuscript I finished.
Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
Let’s say you woke up in your car in the dark with a recently fired gun in your hand, a gas can on the floor, and a baggie of cocaine next to you, none of which you’d ever seen before. What if you were parked behind a burning house you didn’t recognize? And what if the neighbors saw you with said gun and gas can, and sirens were howling in the distance? What would you do? If you were George Engle, a 27-year-old record-store clerk who never quite got around to embarking on a career—or anything else—you would hightail it to the tiny Kansas farm community in which you grew up to hide out and pretend nothing ever happened.
But while George is holed up in his hometown of Niobe, Kansas during the spring of 1986, he discovers that the house fire was set to frame him for the murders of three sorority girls. Which is ridiculous, because everybody knows George just isn’t that ambitious.
Luckily for George—or not so luckily—he is joined in Niobe by three high school buddies who are sucked into the mystery: an accidental-millionaire stoner, a mathematical physics professor with a death wish, and a dumber-than-a-box-of-hair police academy washout who hangs around at car accidents. Together, they have to find out why the girls were killed, why George was blamed, and exactly what happened, all before the real killers find him and turn him over to the cops—or execute him.