Where Darkness Blooms: A Novel (Hardcover)
Andrea Hannah's Where Darkness Blooms is a supernatural thriller about an eerie town where the sunflowers whisper secrets and the land hungers for blood.
The town of Bishop is known for exactly two things: recurring windstorms and an endless field of sunflowers that stretches farther than the eye can see. And women—missing women. So when three more women disappear one stormy night, no one in Bishop is surprised. The case is closed and their daughters are left in their dusty shared house with the shattered pieces of their lives. Until the wind kicks up a terrible secret at their mothers’ much-delayed memorial.
With secrets come the lies each of the girls is forced to confront. After caring for the other girls, Delilah would like to move on with her boyfriend, Bennett, but she can’t bear his touch. Whitney has already lost both her mother and her girlfriend, Eleanor, and now her only solace is an old weathervane that seems to whisper to her. Jude, Whitney's twin sister, would rather ignore it all, but the wind kicks up her secret too: the summer fling she had with Delilah's boyfriend. And more than anything, Bo wants answers and she wants them now. Something happened to their mothers and the townsfolk know what it was. She’s sure of it.
Bishop has always been a strange town. But what the girls don’t know is that Bishop was founded on blood—and now it craves theirs.
"Sharp and rich prose by Hannah blends Faulknerian descriptions with visceral bluntness that artfully marries itself to the story’s eerie atmosphere." - Publishers Weekly
"[A] safe exploration of the topic of missing and murdered women and the violence of patriarchy. A worthwhile read for lovers of mystery and female friendship." - Booklist
"Will keep readers engaged until the very end. You will not want to put this one down." - Red Carpet Crash
"An immersive, creepy mystery filled with visceral imagery." - Shelf Awareness
"Where Darkness Blooms is a dark, twisted, eerie paranormal thriller that fans of the genre will devour. Hannah’s control of setting, plot and characters is highly impressive as is her descriptive prose. [...] Highly recommended to fans of young adult fantasy and horror." - Mystery & Suspense
"Atmospheric and chilling, WHERE DARKNESS BLOOMS is a haunting YA thriller/magical realism read with poignant themes and a satisfying end." - YA Books Central
"Andrea Hannah's haunting novel Where Darkness Blooms drips with delicious atmosphere and a slowly creeping dread. Fans of [...] Rory Power's Burn Our Bodies Down will love this book, a spiritual cousin that explores with vivid earnestness the mighty force that is women determined to help each other." - Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn and Sawkill Girls
"A fierce modern fairytale exploring the bonds of sisterhood in all its forms, WHERE DARKNESS BLOOMS is harrowing and hopeful." - Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf
"A fierce, riveting tale of mothers, daughters, and generational curses. Mesmerizing and brutal, Andrea Hannah’s Where Darkness Blooms belongs on your shelf right next to Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap [...]." - Adrienne Tooley, author of Sweet & Bitter Magic
"A wildly haunting story. Beware, the creepy town of Bishop will take root under your skin just like those sunflowers somehow take root in the prairie dust." - Ginny Myers Sain, author of Dark and Shallow Lies