Scorched Grounds

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Published by: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Pages: 303
ISBN13: 978-1542005869


Amazon Bestseller in Gothic Fiction


From bestselling author Debbie Herbert comes a chilling, fast-paced story about family tragedy and confronting what terrifies us most.

In the eighteen years since her father went to prison for killing her mother and brother, Della Stallings has battled a crippling phobia. Her fear only grows when her father’s released. She still believes he killed her family, but the police don’t have enough evidence to arrest him again.

When new grisly murders occur—each bearing the telltale signs that seem to implicate her father—Della begins to wonder if the real murderer is still out there. Could her father have been framed?

To find the truth, Della must face her greatest fears and doubts—not only to find justice for her family but to ensure her own survival.

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“A myriad of twists and turns and chilling acts of terror to ensure you are captivated from start to finish. . . an atmospheric thriller that is a perfect example of southern noir.”
-Mac’s Books



Niggles of noise pierce through the fuzzy haze of sleep. I burrow into my Hello Kitty comforter, making a nest of warmth, a baby bird seeking safe shelter. But the noise grows louder. I recognize the distinctive edge of words, and the sound becomes familiar.

Mom’s shouting voice. She and Dad must be back at it.

I wiggle deeper into the pink cheer of cartoon kitty cats. Maybe they’ll stop soon. I’ll fall asleep, and when I wake up in the morning, it will all be over. Dad will be at work, and Mom will smile and point to breakfast on the table—bacon and grits and orange juice. Then it’s off to Normal Elementary School. Just another day, same as before.

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