After his estranged wife disappears, a husband returns to the remote lake house where their young daughter died, and he soon loses his grip on reality.
Paul Luden has been haunted by a memory he can't recall. Whatever happened to his marriage, to his two-year-old daughter, is too traumatic to remember, so his unconscious has chosen to block out key details. But when he receives a phone call from the small lake town where they'd lived, telling him that no one had seen or heard from his wife in ten days, he knows what he has to do.
He and his nineteen-year-old girlfriend drive from L.A. to Washington State where he's forced to confront his past. And as he pieces together his buried memories, Paul unravels mentally, falls into self-destructive trances and ultimately discovers the truth about his wife.
About the Author
Tod Goldberg is the author of the crime-tinged novels "Living Dead Gir""l, "a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, "Fake Liar Cheat, " and the popular Burn Notice series. His essay When They Let Them Bleed was selected by Cheryl Strayed for inclusion in Best American Essays 2013. He is also the author of the story collections "Simplify " a 2006 finalist for the SCIBA Award for Fiction and winner of the Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize, and "Other Resort Cities." His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, twice receiving special mention for the Pushcart Prize as well as being named a distinguished story of the year in "The Best American Mystery Stories 2009." His essays, journalism, and criticism appear regularly in many publications, including the "Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, " and "Las Vegas CityLife, " and have been featured in "E!", "Salon, ""Jewcy", and the "Wall Street Journal", among many others.
Finalist for the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Award
Praise for Living Dead Girl:
"(It's as) if Sylvia Plath had written a murder mystery. A truly remarkable work."—Barbara Seranella, No Man Standing
"Goldberg sends his most damaged antihero on an elevator ride into thenethermost regions of hell and then cuts the cables."—Scott Phillips, The Ice Harvest and The Walkaway
"Compulsively readable. Full of satisfying twists ... an unforgettable journey into the primeval forest of the human heart."—Rachel Resnick, Love Junkie: A Memoir and Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick
"Goldberg's story of obsessive love gets under your skin and stays there, possessing you, forcing you to keep turning pages even when you're not sure you want to see what's on the other side."—David Benioff, The 25th Hour