Call Me Elizabeth Lark: A Novel (Hardcover)
Your daughter went missing twenty years ago. Now, she's finally back. You thought she had returned a few times in the past, and your husband tells you she's not the one, but you feel it in your bones.
Now, what will you do to keep her home?
Twenty years ago, Myra Barkley's daughter disappeared from the rocky beach across from the family inn, off the Oregon coast. Ever since, Myra has waited at the front desk for her child to come home. One rainy afternoon, the miracle happens--her missing daughter, now twenty-eight years old with a child of her own, walks in the door.
Elizabeth Lark is on the run with her son. She's just killed her abusive husband and needs a place to hide. Against her better judgment, she heads to her hometown and stops at the Barkley Inn. When the innkeeper insists that Elizabeth is her long lost daughter, the opportunity for a new life, and more importantly, the safety of her child, is too much for Elizabeth to pass up. But she knows that she isn't the Barkleys's daughter, and the more deeply intertwined she becomes with the family, the harder it becomes to confess the truth.
Except the Barkley girl didn't just disappear on her own. As the news spreads across the small town that the Barkley girl has returned, Elizabeth suddenly comes into the limelight in a dangerous way, and the culprit behind the disappearance those twenty years ago is back to finish the job.
About the Author
Melissa Colasanti is a mother and an author. She has a BFA in fiction from Boise State University. Her writing has appeared in Lithub, Memoir Magazine, The Coffin Bell Journal and others. She is the Stephen R. Kustra scholar in creative writing for 2019, and was awarded the Glenn Balch Award for fiction in 2020.
Praise for Call Me Elizabeth Lark:
“The author’s evocative prose is a joy to read, and the plot contains some great twists. Psychological suspense fans will be rewarded.”
“Brace yourself for a never-saw-it-coming ending.”
—New York Journal of Books
“With a bone-chilling premise and heart-stopping revelations, Colasanti has penned a haunting psychological thriller that will linger with you long after the final page is turned."
—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of This is How I Lied
“Strong voice, complex characters with lots of family secrets, and so many twists I couldn’t put the book down."
—Vanessa Lillie, Amazon bestselling author of Little Voices and For the Best
“A long-ago vanished child, a still grieving mother, a woman on the run with her young son, and a truckload of family secrets…these are the ingredients for Colasanti’s Call Me Elizabeth Lark. Say goodbye to sleep and read it like I did, under the covers and straight through. A disturbing thrill ride crackling with tension.”
—Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Stranger in the Lake
“Lyrical and riveting, Call Me Elizabeth Lark contains layers of mysteries that will surprise and thrill its readers. With heart-pounding twists, decades-old secrets, and complex characters knotted together by guilt and betrayal, this book is a stunning page-turner. I devoured it in a single day.”
—Megan Collins, author of The Winter Sister
“Close and atmospheric, Call Me Elizabeth Lark is thick with family secrets. The finely wrought narrative unravels fast and twisty to its shocking final twist. A voicey, character-driven thriller that examines the ties that bind. I found myself tearing through the last half, dying to know how this was going to end.”
—Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle
“A web of deception entangles a mother’s grief, a sister’s guilt, and a woman’s desperation in this twisty thriller. Full of surprises, Call Me Elizabeth Lark will keep you guessing until the very end!”
—Kathleen Barber, author of Truth Be Told
“Heartfelt and spellbinding, Call Me Elizabeth Lark is one of those rare psychological thrillers that transport you into another world. Lies and decades-old secrets threaten to tear apart a family already marked by grief. Exquisite writing, compelling characters and a story so captivating you won’t be able to put it down until you’ve unearthed every last secret.”
—Daniela Petrova, author of Her Mother’s Daughter