Watermark Books & Café will host Annie Ward for an author talk and signing of Beautiful Bad on Monday, Apr. 8 at 6 p.m.
"Filled with unexpected twists, Beautiful Bad is a riveting read." --Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Anonymous Girl
"The ending will leave you staggered." --Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
In the tradition of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train comes the psychological thriller everyone is talking about, a twisted novel about a devoted wife, a loving husband, and a chilling crime that will stun even the cleverest readers.There are two sides to every story... And every person.Maddie and Ian's love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas, while she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple's tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.
About the Author
Annie Ward is a Kansas City native who received her BA in English Lit with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UCLA and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her first short screenplay, “Strange Habit,” became a Grand Jury Award Winner at the Aspen Film Festival and a Sundance Festival Official Selection. Her novel The Making of June, which Annie wrote with the Bulgarian revolution and Balkan crisis as its backdrop was published to critical acclaim in 2002. Her sophomore novel and first psychological thriller Beautiful Bad takes place primarily in Overland Park, KS and draws on her time as a Fulbright Scholar in the Balkans.