Those Empty Eyes: A Chilling Novel of Suspense with a Shocking Twist (Paperback)

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You know her name. You know her face.

Ten years after she was exonerated for murdering her entire family, the girl the tabloids called “Empty Eyes” is the only one looking for the truth in this propulsive thriller from internationally bestselling author Charlie Donlea.

"Draws readers in from the first heart-stopping pages and doesn't let go until the end." —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing

Alex Armstrong has changed everything about herself—her name, her appearance, her backstory. She’s no longer the terrified teenager a rapt audience saw on television, emerging in handcuffs from the quiet suburban home the night her family was massacred. That girl, Alexandra Quinlan, nicknamed Empty Eyes by the media, was accused of the killings, fought to clear her name, and later took the stand during her highly publicized defamation lawsuit that captured the attention of the nation.

It’s been ten years since, and Alex hasn’t stopped searching for answers about the night her family was killed, even as she continues to hide her real identity from true crime fanatics and grasping reporters still desperate to locate her. As a legal investigator, she works tirelessly to secure justice for others, too. People like Matthew Claymore, who’s under suspicion in the disappearance of his girlfriend, a student journalist named Laura McAllister.

Laura was about to break a major story about rape and cover-ups on her college campus. Alex believes Matthew is innocent, and unearths stunning revelations about the university’s faculty, fraternity members, and powerful parents willing to do anything to protect their children. Most shocking of all—as Alex digs into Laura’s disappearance, she realizes there are connections to the murder of her own family. For as different as the crimes may seem, they each hinge on one sinister truth: no one is quite who they seem to be . . .

About the Author

Charlie Donlea is the critically acclaimed, USA Today, Indiebound and #1 internationally bestselling author of Summit Lake, The Girl Who Was Taken, Don't Believe It, Some Choose Darkness, The Suicide House, and Twenty Years Later. Published in nearly 30 countries and translated into more than a dozen languages, Donlea has been praised for his "soaring pace, teasing plot twists" (BookPage) and talent for writing an ending that "makes your jaw drop" (The New York Times Book Review). He was born and raised in Chicago, where he continues to live with his wife and two children. Visit him online at

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Praise for Those Empty Eyes

"In this ambitious thriller from one of my favorites, Charlie Donlea weaves together seemingly separate mysteries in smart and completely unexpected ways, proving his finesse as a writer. Those Empty Eyes draws readers in from the first heart-stopping pages and doesn't let go until the end. Donlea's fans will love this one!" —Mary KubicaNew York Times bestselling author of Local Woman Missing

“The engrossing plot leads Alex to the university’s faculty and fraternities, to the über-rich and well connected, as well as links to her own family’s murder. This searing look at the legal system, entitlement, and exploitation is not to be missed.” Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
Product Details
ISBN: 9781496744975
ISBN-10: 1496744977
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English