What Happened to Nina?: A Thriller (Hardcover)
From the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Murder Rule comes an emotional novel of suspense about two families at war.
Nina and Simon are the perfect couple. Young, fun and deeply in love. Until they leave for a weekend at his family’s cabin in Vermont, and only Simon comes home.
WHAT HAPPENED TO NINA?
Nobody knows. Simon’s explanation about what happened in their last hours together doesn’t add up. Nina’s parents push the police for answers, and Simon’s parents rush to protect him. They hire expensive lawyers and a PR firm that quickly ramps up a vicious, nothing-is-off-limits media campaign.
HOW FAR WILL HIS FAMILY GO TO KEEP HIM SAFE?
Soon, facts are lost in a swirl of accusation and counter-accusation. Everyone chooses a side, and the story goes viral, fueled by armchair investigators and wild conspiracy theories and illustrated with pretty pictures taken from Nina’s social media accounts. Journalists descend on their small Vermont town, followed by a few obsessive "fans."
HOW FAR WILL HER FAMILY GO TO GET TO THE TRUTH?
Nina’s family is under siege, but they never lose sight of the only thing that really matters — finding their daughter. Out-gunned by Simon’s wealthy, powerful family, Nina’s parents recognize that if playing by the rules won’t get them anywhere, it’s time to break them.
About the Author
Number one internationally bestselling author Dervla McTiernan is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including The Murder Rule, which was a New York Times thriller of the year. Dervla has won multiple prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award, Davitt Awards, a Barry Award, and an International Thriller Writers Award. Dervla is also the author of four novellas, and her audio novella, The Sisters, was a four-week number one bestseller in the United States. She lives in Australia with her family.
"What Happened to Nina is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. It is an unforgettable and deeply moving read that takes the concept of how far would you go for your child and turns the volume up so high the dial breaks. Dervla McTiernan is a wickedly gifted writer and she brings a documentary realism to every page of this unforgettable and scary in a good way novel. You will tell your friends about What Happened to Nina. You will tell everybody about What Happened To Nina." — Don Winslow, #1 Internationally bestselling author of The Cartel and City on Fire
"What Happened To Nina is a stunning masterpiece. Haunting, emotional, fiercely intelligent and absolutely diabolical. I was amazed as a reader and in awe as a writer. I read the book in one long sitting, late into the night, and I kept all the lights on because I was so scared about what was going to happen every time I turned the page. I never felt like I was reading a novel. I felt like I was living inside this story and it was all really happening. It's a thriller that reads like a true crime novel." — T.J. Newman, #1 bestselling author of Falling and Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421
“Her best yet. Completely riveting ... I had at least three gasp-out-loud moments. And that ending! Everyone's going to be talking about that ending.” — Sally Hepworth, New York Times bestselling author of The Mother-in-Law and Darling Girls on What Happened to Nina?
“What Happened to Nina? is a propulsive and satisfying mystery that tackles head-on themes of wealth, power, domestic violence, and the stories we tell ourselves to justify our worst actions. This is Dervla McTiernan at her finest.” — Tracey Lien, internationally bestselling author of All That’s Left Unsaid
“McTiernan turns the traditional thriller on its head by exploring the why and the what over the who….And that is truly haunting.” — Kirkus on What Happened to Nina? (starred review)
"A smart and unpredictable portrait of how the boundaries between tragedy and entertainment get blurred. It’s a disturbing treat for thriller fans." — Publishers Weekly on What Happened to Nina?
"McTiernan has crafted an engrossing and shocking story inspired by tragically familiar events. . . . Fans of true crime and stories with multiple narrators will find much to enjoy in this mystery and will have a tough time putting it down." — Booklist on What Happened to Nina?
"Matters culminate in a courtroom fireworks display worthy of Perry Mason in his prime. The Murder Rule holds one’s interest from its cheeky opening pages through its final scene." — Wall Street Journal on The Murder Rule
"Excellent... McTiernan [is] an uncommonly fine mystery writer.... What a thrilling book this is." — New York Times Book Review on The Murder Rule
“Gripping and full of tension, with twist after unexpected twist. You won’t just read The Murder Rule, you’ll devour it.” — Karin Slaughter
“Dervla McTiernan has become one of my favorite writers, and if you read The Murder Rule, she will quickly become one of yours. This book is diabolically clever, highly compelling, and deeply moving. I loved The Murder Rule and did not want it to end.” — Don Winslow
“Dervla McTiernan is an extraordinary writer, and The Murder Rule is a brilliant, breathtaking, and irresistible thriller with unforgettable characters and twists on top of twists.” — T. J. Newman, New York Times bestselling author of Falling
“Extraordinary. Haunting. An incredible thriller. I could not put this book down. Dervla McTiernan is a gifted writer with a very special way of telling a story. This is a heart-stopping roller coaster of a tale.” — Adrian McKinty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chain on The Murder Rule
“The Ruin is dark and compelling, with the satisfaction of a police procedural and the atmosphere of a gothic mystery. I was gripped by it, and by the complicated, resourceful characters of Aisling and Maude.” — Flynn Berry, author of Under the Harrow on The Ruin
“Powerful . . . McTiernan neatly ties [the threads of the novel] all together in the suspenseful conclusion. McTiernan, born in Ireland but now living in Australia, is a writer to watch.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Ruin
“Compelling, unexpected twists and a hold-your breath standoff . . . Hand this one to readers of Tana French and to police-procedural fans.” — Booklist on The Ruin
“Fans of Tana French will love McTiernan’s expertly plotted, complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden.” — Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter, on The Ruin