Books by Alice Blanchard

Alice Blanchard grew up in Connecticut and went to college in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied creative writing and filmmaking. In 1995, she won the prestigious Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction for her collection of short stories, The Stunt


TRACE OF EVIL by Alice Blanchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2019

"A fast-paced, intricate, and atmospheric mystery that introduces a plucky, engaging detective."
Detective Natalie Lockhart seeks to solve the brutal murder of a friend—which may connect to the slaying of her own sister 20 years earlier. Read full book review >
LIFE SENTENCES by Alice Blanchard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 24, 2005

"Blanchard (The Breathtaker, 2003, etc.) is just a bit long-winded in two or three scenes, but his characters are exceptionally strong and his plotting is sure-footed. "
In what could be Blanchard's breakout, a man strives to end a deadly disease by murdering all who carry it. Read full book review >
THE BREATHTAKER by Alice Blanchard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"Storywriter and second-novelist Blanchard (Darkness Peering, 1999) offers an intriguing cast and some good action scenes, but try as she will, she just can't make a print-bound storm powerful enough to blow readers away."
In a near-miss thriller, a twisted killer strikes only during twisters. Read full book review >
THE STUNTMAN'S DAUGHTER by Alice Blanchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

The Stuntman's Daughter ($14.95 paperback original; May 1, 1996; 157 pp.; 1-57441-009-1). A first collection, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, explores what might be called the darker side of American Graffiti in 12 spare, vividly written stories whose common subjects are volatile family relations and incipient, usually hesitant romantic involvement. Blanchard, who also works as a Hollywood screenwriter, adroitly fashions crisp vignettes seasoned with wry, sardonic dialogue in such arresting tales as ``Blindfold'' (which ingeniously reprises the theme of high-school sexual confusion), ``The Boarder'' (about the conflict between a lonely widow's new male ``friend'' and her disapproving children), and the title story, which, in an unconventional and most disturbing manner, examines the familiar theme of adolescent sexual abuse. Read full book review >