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Preorder 'Midnight on Beacon Street'


My 2024 debut thriller from Harper Perennial is officially available for preorder! There will be a paperback and an audiobook. Midnight on Beacon Street is my ode to horror movies and anxious teenagers. You can add Midnight on Beacon Street to your Goodreads shelf here! It can be preordered from my personal favorite Barnes and Noble as well as Amazon, Audible, and Google Play.


Here's the official synopsis:


A suspenseful and entertaining debut thriller—and love letter to vintage horror movies—in which a teenager must overcome her own anxiety to protect the two children she’s babysitting when strangers come knocking at the door.


October 1993. One night. One house. One dead body.


When single mom Eleanor Mazinski goes out a for a much-needed date night, she leaves her two young children—sweet, innocent six-year-old Ben and precocious, defiant twelve-year-old Mira—in the capable hands of their sitter, Amy. The quiet seventeen-year-old is good at looking after children, despite her anxiety disorder. She also loves movies, especially horror flicks. Amy likes their predictability; it calms the panic that threatens to overwhelm her.


The evening starts out normally enough, with games, pizza, and dancing. But as darkness falls, events in this quaint suburban New Jersey house take a terrifying turn—unexpected visitors at the door, mysterious phone calls, and by midnight, little Ben is in the kitchen standing in a pool of blood, with a dead body at his feet.


In this dazzling debut novel, Emily Ruth Verona moves back and forth in time, ratcheting up suspense and tension on every page. Chock-full of nods to classic horror films of the seventies and eighties, MIDNIGHT ON BEACON STREET is a gripping thriller full of electrifying twists and a heartwarming tale of fear and devotion that explores our terrors and the lengths we’ll go to keep our loved ones safe.



Midnight on Beacon Street hits shelves Winter 2024!

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