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Alice Blanchard is an American award-winning author of mystery and suspense thrillers.

She is the author of Trace of Evil (2019), the first installment of the Natalie Lockhart Series, which received recognition as an Indie Next Pick, and a LoanStars Top Pick, on top of being selected as one of Amazon's Best Mysteries.

Alice made her writing debut with the standalone mystery Darkness Peering (1999), which earned the distinction of being a New York Times' Notable Book.

The Breathtaker (2003), her second novel, was proudly chosen as an official selection for NBC's Today Show book club.

The recipient of numerous awards, including a PEN Award, a New Letters Literary Award, and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for fiction, Alice’s literary works have impressively been published in 16 countries.

More about Alice Blanchard

Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Born: 1959

United States


Non Series

  • Darkness Peering (1999)
  • The Breathtaker (2003)
  • Life Sentences (2004)
  • A Breath After Drowning (2018)


  1. The Stuntman's Daughter: And Other Stories (1996)

Natalie Lockhart

  1. Trace of Evil (2019)
  2. The Wicked Hour (2020)
  3. The Witching Tree (2021)
  4. The Shadow Girls (2023)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Darkness Peering

Nobody locks their doors at night in Flowering Dogwood, Maine.

Maybe they should.

When Police Chief Nick Storrow discovers the body of a child in a pond at the edge of the woods, he vows to find out who the killer is. But his search for the truth leads to a chilling possibility... the suspect could be his own son, Billy.

Years later, a young woman disappears from the school for the blind where Billy Storrow works. His father is gone, but his sister, now a detective on the Flowering Dogwood police force, is assigned to the case. When circumstantial evidence points to Billy, Rachel decides to open the cold case her father never solved.

Billy swears he's innocent. Is he lying?

Or is someone else out there... waiting. Watching.

Author: Alice Blanchard
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0553812442
Publisher: Bantam
The Breathtaker

When Police Chief Charlie Grover finds three mutilated corpses inside a ravaged farmhouse, he believes the victims were impaled by flying debris. But soon the evidence tells him that a far more dangerous game is being played. An action-packed thriller about a killer tornado... and the human killer hidden within.

When a tornado rips through Promise, Oklahoma, only three of the town’s terrified residents know what really happened—and they won’t live to tell. Charlie Grover is certain the victims were impaled by flying debris—until he realizes he is wrong.

Enlisting the aid of a beautiful tornado-chasing scientist named Willa Bellman, Charlie steps into the chaotic world of high-tech, high-risk storm chasing in search of a cunning criminal…

But the Debris Killer is weaving a trap for them.

Author: Alice Blanchard
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-0316726597
Publisher: Warner Books
Life Sentences

A female scientist teams up with a Los Angeles detective to find her missing sister, who may be pregnant with a serial killer’s child.

LAPD Detective Jack Makowski is hot on the trail of a brilliant killer who promises to show him where all the bodies are buried—but only if the detective can catch him.

Boston geneticist Mia Hubbard is driven to find a cure for the rare disease that took her brother's life at a tragically early age. Mia is close to a breakthrough when her sister Anna vanishes from her Los Angeles apartment. Now Mia must drop everything to find her.

Is Anna really dead? Or is this a sadistic game? How does a remorseless psychopath know so much about Mia? Do they share a deadly secret?

Horrified but determined, Mia joins Jack on a harrowing journey through the Los Angeles National Forest in order to find her sister. She'll stop at nothing until the truth is revealed, while trying to stay one step ahead of a madman.

Author: Alice Blanchard
First Release: 2004
Ebook: B07DM9YJ8J
Publisher: Blue Gown Books
A Breath After Drowning

Sixteen years ago, Kate Wolfe's young sister Savannah was brutally murdered. Forced to live with the guilt of how her own selfishness put Savannah in harm's way, Kate was at least comforted by the knowledge that the man responsible was on death row. But when she meets a retired detective who is certain that Kate's sister was only one of many victims of a serial killer, Kate must face the possibility that Savannah's murderer walks free.

Unearthing disturbing family secrets in her search for the truth, Kate becomes sure that she has discovered the depraved mind responsible for so much death. But as she hunts for a killer, a killer is hunting her...

Author: Alice Blanchard
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1785656408
Publisher: Titan Books


The Stuntman's Daughter: And Other Stories

This award-winning collection explores the lives of such diverse characters as a deaf girl struggling to cope with the loss of her parents, a loving father who must decide whether or not he can accept his Down syndrome daughter, a teenager who learns to respect his blind rival for a girl's affections, and a lesbian who, despite the fact that her life is out of control, manages to assert her own identity.

Author: Alice Blanchard
First Release: 1996
ISBN: 978-1574410099
Publisher: University of North Texas Press

Natalie Lockhart

Trace of Evil

There’s something wicked in Burning Lake…

Natalie Lockhart is a rookie detective in Burning Lake, New York, an isolated town known for its dark past. Tasked with uncovering the whereabouts of nine missing transients who have disappeared over the years, Natalie wrestles with the town’s troubled history – and the scars left by her sister’s unsolved murder years ago.

Then Daisy Buckner, a beloved schoolteacher, is found dead on her kitchen floor, and a suspect immediately comes to mind. But it’s not that simple. The suspect is in a coma, collapsed only hours after the teacher’s death, and it turns out Daisy had secrets of her own. Natalie knows there is more to the case, but as the investigation deepens, even she cannot predict the far-reaching consequences – for the victim, for the missing of Burning Lake, and for herself.

Author: Alice Blanchard
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1250753052
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Wicked Hour

A detective dealing with the scars of her past must solve a seemingly unconnected string of murders, and face the impossible question of what to do when the killer may be hiding amongst the ones you know.

The day after Burning Lake’s notorious, debauched Halloween celebration, Detective Natalie Lockhart uncovers a heartbreaking scene―a young woman, dead and lying in a dumpster. There’s no clue to who she is, save for a mystifying tattoo on her arm, and a callus underneath her chin. She’s not from around here. No one knows who she is.

As Natalie retraces the young woman’s steps leading up to her death, she uncovers a deeper, darker horror―a string of murders and disappearances, seemingly unconnected, that may have ties to each other―and explain the abrupt disappearance of her best friend years ago.

As she digs deeper within the mind of the hunter, Natalie finds a darkness she could never have imagined. And as she draws closer to the truth, the killer is weaving a trap for her that may prove inescapable.

Author: Alice Blanchard
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1250771131
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Witching Tree

As legend has it, if you carve your deepest desire into the bark of a Witch Tree, then over time as the tree grows, it will swallow the carvings until only a witch can read them.

Until now.

Detective Natalie Lockhart gained unwanted notoriety when she and her family became front and center of not one, but two sensational murder cases. Now she’s lost her way. Burned out and always looking over her shoulder, Natalie desperately thinks that quitting the police force is her only option left.

All that changes when a beloved resident―a practicing Wiccan and founder of the town’s oldest coven―is killed in a fashion more twisted and shocking than Natalie has ever seen before, leaving the town reeling. Natalie has no choice but to help solve the case along with Detective Luke Pittman, her boss and the old childhood friend she cannot admit she loves, even to herself. 

There is a silent, malignant presence in Burning Lake that will not rest. And what happens next will shock the whole town, and Natalie, to the core.

Author: Alice Blanchard
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1250783066
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Shadow Girls

Someone is playing deadly games. Lieutenant Luke Pittman lies in the hospital in a coma after being attacked by one of their own. Veronica Manes, Burning Lake’s most respected modern-day witch, is dead, her murder left unsolved. Natalie Lockhart has become embroiled in a case with threads that become increasingly difficult to untangle.

Now, a new horror is uncovered, one that shocks the town as never before, and the dark, shadowy path forward for Natalie is paved with challenges that haunt her past—Veronica’s unsolved case. Her sister’s traumatic murder. The long-lost disappearance of her old best friend. Natalie’s obsession with finding the truth leads to a twisted, elemental struggle between good and evil—and nothing will ever be the same again.

The woods have secrets.

The trees are carved with curses.

There’s something wicked in Burning Lake.

Author: Alice Blanchard
First Release: 2023
Publisher: Minotaur Books