Steven says:

“This is my most autobiographical work, because it draws deeply on memories of people and places in the small town in Texas where I grew up. But the plot is pure contemporary suspense—a definite change of pace for me.”

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A “rocket of a read...with enough red herrings and things that go bump in the night to keep you entertained all the way...Yet the real pleasures of DAWN lie less in the plot than in Saylor’s rendering of small-town Texas. [The fictional town of] Amethyst is the true jewel here.”
Austin American-Statesman

“Saylor essays something really different with a small-town Texas Gothic. Having escaped Amethyst to San Francisco, Rue returns to visit her aging grandmother and plunges into the drama of the missing teenager Dawn from the opening page....An interesting, offbeat book, written in a quiet tone despite its sensational subject and its twist in the conventional serial killer psyche.”
The Poisoned Pen Booknews

Saylor “sets the hook early and keeps the plot in constant motion with well-drawn characters and a protagonist who doggedly pursues the task that unexpectedly becomes the mission of her visit home: Find Dawn....There are scary moments, a few thrills, a surprise or two at the end and even a romance thrown in. Enjoy it, with a cup of hot tea, on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”
San Antonio Express-News

“Taut narrative, good characters, and a well-drawn setting: an enjoyable and suspenseful read.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Saylor takes the pulse of small-town America without missing a beat. For anyone who hails from a small town, the incidents and atmosphere Saylor generates are spot-on; the darkness at night, the uneasy silence, the brittle layers of familiarity and affability that too easily vaporize, are all instantly recognizable. Against this unsettled background, Saylor calmly builds his story, part mystery, part bodice-ripper, and completely nerve-jangling, until you literally want (along with Rue herself) to scream from the tension. This cleverly constructed novel is a good thriller — too good to read late at night — and it keeps the reader guessing right
up until the inevitable Texas showdown.”

“His gift for evoking a certain time and place is manifest.”
Publishers Weekly

“The compelling.” Booklist

“Very atmospheric...the tension slowly but steadily amplifies until the audience is ready to jump out of their skin...a mesmerizing story.”

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