Canadian

Hysteria

A mother's life is turned upside-down by the disappearance of her son in Elisabeth de Mariaffi's thrilling novel.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Heike Lerner's life looks perfect from the outside. She's settled into an easy routine of caring for her young son, Daniel, and spends her days wandering the woods near their summer house, while her nights are filled with clinking glasses and charming conversation. It all helps to keep her mind at ease — or at least that's what her husband, Eric, tells her. But lately, Heike has noticed there are some things out of place: a mysterious cabin set back in the trees and a strange little girl who surfaces alone at the pond one day, then disappears. While at home Eric is becoming increasingly more controlling. Something sinister that Heike cannot quite put her finger on lingers just beneath the surface of this idyllic life.

It's possible Heike's worries are all in her head, but when the unthinkable happens — Daniel vanishes while she and Eric are at a party one night — she can no longer deny that something is very wrong. 

Desperate to find her son, Heike will try anything, but Eric insists on a calm that feels so cold she wonders if she can trust him at all. 

Could Eric be involved in Daniel's disappearance? Or has some darker thing taken him? The closer Heike gets to the truth, the faster it slips away. But she will not rest until she finds her son. (From HarperCollins)

Author interviews

Elisabeth de Mariaffi on her new thriller, which combines the dark side of fairy tales with the dark side of the American Dream in the 1950s. 16:11