vaudeville – stage entertainment with various acts
moot – not certain or not worth talking about
testimonial – an expression of appreciation
prevaricate – to deviate from the truth
Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her mother or the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her past if she wants to get the story – and survive this homecoming.
sycophant – a servile self-seeking flatterer
draconian – cruel or severe
grog – an alcoholic drink often cut with water
Libby Day was seven when her mother and sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived – and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club – a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes – locates Libby and pumps her for details. The hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll meet with the players from that night and report her findings to the Kill Club – for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started – on the run from a killer.
cannibalize – to take usable parts from