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David J. Bell

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David J. Bell's newest novel, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, is out now from Berkley/Penguin. His previous novels include SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at Western Kentucky University and can be reached via his website at www.davidbellnovels.com, on Twitter at Twitter.com/davidbellnovels, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/davidbellnovels.

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This is a blog post I originally wrote in 2011, shortly after CEMETERY GIRL was released:

If you asked me to summon a mental picture of my dad it would be this: I’d see him the living room of the house I grew up in on Ferncroft Drive in Cincinnati, Ohio. He’d be sitting there on the couch with a cigar in his mouth, and he’d be reading a book. That’s how he spent most of his evenings during my c... Read more of this blog post »
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“David Bell is a natural storyteller and a superb writer. THE FORGOTTEN GIRL is a mystery lover’s mystery; a quick-paced and intriguing tale of what happens when the past catches up with the present. Mr. Bell understands the hearts and minds of ordinary and not so ordinary people, and his keen insights add a powerful dimension to his crisp writing.”
—Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"David Bell writes spellbinding and gripping thrillers that get under your skin and refuse to let go. This is his best so far."
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"David Bell’s THE FORGOTTEN GIRL is both a tightly-woven mystery and a frightening look at addiction, the mistrust it creates, the power of secrets, and the hurt created by the little lies we tell ourselves. I never felt like I had my feet under me. Bell has crafted an unforgettable story full of surprises. Don’t miss it."
—JT Ellison, New York Times bestselling author”
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“David Bell is a natural storyteller and a superb writer. THE FORGOTTEN GIRL is a mystery lover’s mystery; a quick-paced and intriguing tale of what happens when the past catches up with the present. Mr. Bell understands the hearts and minds of ordinary and not so ordinary people, and his keen insights add a powerful dimension to his crisp writing.”
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“Distinctive characters and a smartly crafted plot lift this well above the genre average.”
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Hello David,

It's a pleasure having you for a friend here at Goodreads. Thank you so much and best wishes to you.

My warmest regards and respect,
CJ

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