Sean Suh is done with killing.

After serving three years in a psychiatric prison, he’s determined to stay away from temptation. But he can’t resist Annabelle—beautiful, confident, incandescent Annabelle—who alone can see past the monster to the man inside. The man he’s desperately trying to be.

Then Annabelle disappears.

Sean is sure she’s been kidnapped—he witnessed her being taken firsthand—but the police are convinced that Sean himself is at the center of this crime. And he must admit, his illness has caused him to “lose time” before. What if there’s more to what happened than he’s able to remember?

Though haunted by the fear that it might be better for Annabelle if he never finds her, Sean can’t bring himself to let go of her without a fight. To save her, he’ll have to do more than confront his own demons… He’ll have to let them loose.

A chilling, deeply suspenseful page-turner set in the 1980s, Hunting Annabelle is a stunning debut that will leave you breathless to the very end.


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There's an undercurrent of low menace that builds to a nearly unbearable crescendo...A diabolically plotted creep show from a writer to watch."

Kirkus Reviews –Link to full review

“The deeper he digs, reawakening both a purposefulness and violent impulses long blunted by psychotropic drugs, the murkier the mystery becomes…Fans of psychological thrillers will be curious to see what she comes up with next.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Dynamic, compelling, and totally twisted, Hunting Annabelle blew me away. I’m still reeling. What a mind Wendy Heard has. What a debut!”

–New York Times Bestselling Author J.T. Ellison

“Wendy Heard’s Hunting Annabelle is the best kind of psychological thriller—dark and twisted with a generous side of creepy. I had no idea where this story was going, only that I was rooting for Sean, the tortured hero whose search for Annabelle means releasing his own inner demons. Gritty, intense, and 100% surprising, Hunting Annabelle is one hell of a wild ride.”

—Kimberley Belle, bestselling author of Three Days Missing and The Marriage Lie

“Wendy Heard’s Hunting Annabelle is a twisted roller coaster of a ride with an utterly unique, fascinating narrator. You won’t want to miss this genre-bending thriller.”

–Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound

“With a protagonist you’ll almost hate to love, and more twists than a foot-long corkscrew, Hunting Annabelle is a compulsive, deliciously addictive psychological thriller that pulls you in from the first page, and doesn’t let go until you’ve reached the shocking end. A must read!”

– Hannah Mary McKinnon, author of The Neighbors

“Is Hunting Annabelle an unconventional romance, a creepy psychodrama, or a detective story about a good kid stuck in a bad situation? I devoured this thrilling debut in one sitting to find out, and it took me on a wild, twisty ride until the very last page.”

–Amy Gentry, author of Good as Gone

“Gritty, intense, and full of multi-dimensional characters that will keep you guessing until the end, Hunting Annabelle is a must-read psychological thriller. Readers of Gillian Flynn and Caroline Kepnes will adore Wendy Heard!”

–Meghan O’Flynn, author of the Ash Park series

“Hunting Annabelle delivers the goods! This dark thriller takes you inside the tortured mind of a young man who has killed before - and fears he will kill again. When a woman crosses his path and then goes missing, anything seems possible. But what really happened to Annabelle? Pages fly right up to a final, heart-stopping turn. Wendy Heard proves herself a writer to watch!”

–Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night

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A Note on Content:

This book contains themes of violence, sexual assault (mostly off page), self-harm, and lots more. I hope you enjoy the story, but it’s important to know these things in case you’re gifting this to someone who wishes to stay away from this type of content. Thank you so much for engaging in my work and going on these strange and dark journeys with me.