USA Today bestselling novelist Jenny Milchman releasing new psychological thriller set off the coast of Maine


Opportunity: Teacher needed in one-room schoolhouse on remote island in Maine. Certification in grades K-8 a must.

Julie Weathers isn’t sure if she’s running away or starting over, but moving to a remote island off the coast of Maine feels right for someone with reasons to flee her old life. The sun-washed, sea-stormed speck of land seems welcoming, the lobster plentiful, and the community close and tightly knit. She finds friends in her nearest neighbor and Callum, a man who appears to be using the island for the same thing as she: escape.

But as Julie takes on the challenge of teaching the island’s children, she comes to suspect that she may have traded one place shrouded in trouble for another, and she begins to wonder if the greatest danger on Mercy Island is its lost location far out to sea, or the people who live there.

“The Second Mother”
Jenny Milchman | Aug. 18, 2020 |Sourcebooks
Paperback | 9781492694441 | $16.99
Hardcover | 9781728226361| $26.99

“Milchman is the Swiss Army knife of thriller writers…”

– LEE CHILD, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series


JENNY MILCHMAN is an award-winning, critically acclaimed novelist from the Hudson River Valley of New York State. Her debut novel, Cover of Snow, won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and Ruin Falls, As Night Falls, and Wicked River (Sourcebooks Landmark) were all Indie Next picks. Jenny is vice president of author programming for International Thriller Writers, a member of the Sisters in Crime speakers bureau, and the founder and organizer of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day.



“A powerful story of survival told by one of the richest and most riveting voices in today’s
thriller fiction. From start to finish, Wicked River twists and tumbles and roars, carrying
readers along for one hell of a thrill ride.”
—WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER, New York Times bestselling author of Ordinary Grace

“A tense exploration of survival and psychological manipulation with a raw, sharply drawn
setting sure to please.”

“Jenny Milchman has created the ultimate tale of endurance in the wilderness…James Dickey
set the bar for stories of survival, but Wicked River offers a nail-biting update that makes
Deliverance look like a stroll in the park. This is suspense queen Jenny Milchman at the top of
her game. Pack a thermos and settle in because readers will not be able to put this one down.”
—PAMELA KLINGER-HORN, Excelsior Bay Books

“A great mystery and thriller that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and second guessing ever going into the woods again.”
—AMANDA ZIRN, Bethany Beach Books

“Will keep your heart pounding… Any fan of a good thriller with psychological twists will love this book.”
—JACKIE WILLEY, Fiction Addiction

“This is Jenny’s most exhilarating novel yet. If you’re not already a fan, you will be!”
—LINDA BOND, Auntie’s Bookshop