Ava Montgomery is on the run, from her ex-husband and a dark past. But when she’s forced to return to her childhood home, her troubled teenage daughter in tow, she finds herself confronting the memory of a murder that took place before her high school graduation in the forest that surrounds her hometown.
Soon, Ava reunites with familiar faces from her past. Each of her childhood friends found success and fortune after graduation, including Victoria Gallagher—Ava’s high school best friend and ex-lover, now unhappily married to a wealthy husband, with teenagers of her own.
As Ava’s daughter becomes obsessed with the infamous murder, and old friendships and feuds reignite, Ava is drawn back into the forest to confront her own role in its violent history—before her daughter becomes its next prey.
Available July 19, 2022
Praise for Vicious Creatures
"Deviously plotted and breathlessly spun, VICIOUS CREATURES is a gothic suspense every bit as deep and dark as the rumored child-eating forest at its heart. Ashton Noone’s haunting voice is utterly unforgettable, and this debut, an absolute must-read for fans of things that go bump in the night — or worse."
- P. J. Vernon, author of Bath Haus and When You Find Me
"Like the children mesmerized by the darkening woods where danger awaits, readers will be lured and then hooked by the thickening mysteries of this thrilling debut by talented newcomer Ashton Noone."
- Kelly J. Ford, author of Cottonmouths and Real Bad Things
"VICIOUS CREATURES is a fantastic debut, full of tense domestic anger and the highest of stakes. It is
un-putdownable in the best way, and I only hope the author writes another such wonderful venture quickly."
- Lyndsay Faye, internationally bestselling author of Jane Steele and Observations by Gaslight
About the author
Ashton Noone's short fiction has been longlisted for the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize and has been a finalist in the In Places Between: The Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story contest. Vicious Creatures is her first novel. She lives in Calgary, AB.
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