From Paula McLain, the bestselling author of The Paris Wife, comes an atmospheric novel of intertwined destinies and heart-wrenching suspense: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal? Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever. As past and present collide, Anna realizes that she has been led to this moment. Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, McLain’s propulsive and deeply affecting new novel, When the Stars Go Dark (Ballantine) tells a story of fate, necessary redemption, and what it takes, when the worst happens, to reclaim our lives — and our faith in one another. McLain will be joined in conversation by Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.