Paula McLain with Regina Brett - When The Stars Go Dark (Online Event)

Paula McLain
in conversation with Regina Brett

When The Stars Go Dark

Tues., April 5, 2022 • 5:30pm PT
Live Online

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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 that 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. The most difficult lessons of her life have given her insight into how victims come into contact with violent predators. As Anna becomes obsessed with saving the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.

Weaving together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical, this propulsive and deeply affecting novel 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.

Paula McLain is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Love and Ruin, Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.

Regina Brett is the New York Times bestselling author of God Never Blinks, which was translated into 22 languages. She also wrote God Is Always Hiring, Be the Miracle and currently writes columns for the Cleveland Jewish News. Regina is a two-time Pulitzer finalist for column writing and offers weekly inspiration at


Paula McLain photo by Melanie Acevedo; Regina Brett photo courtesy of the author



When the Stars Go Dark: A Novel By Paula McLain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593237915
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Ballantine Books - April 5th, 2022