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It Was Always You

A woman struggles to navigate a new relationship until a sudden tragedy dredges up her troubled past in “this gripping psychological suspense” novel (Dea Poirier, bestselling author of Next Girl to Die).

Morgan isn’t sure about her new boyfriend, Justin. He seems great most of the time, but a recent argument left her feeling shaken. Morgan’s neurologist—who she’s been seeing ever since the hit and run accident she survived as a child—reminds her that she has a bad history of sabotaging relationships. It would be disastrous if she fell back into that pattern.

Now Justin and Morgan are taking a romantic weekend getaway. But Justin’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic—and runs the car into a tree. When Morgan wakes up in the hospital to find that Justin is dead, she has little time to grapple with the news before detectives arrive to question her about the crash. The detectives think Morgan is responsible for Justin’s death, and to in order to prove her innocence, she’ll have to unlock the dark secrets of her past.

Sarah K. Stephens

Sarah K. Stephens is a developmental psychologist at Penn State University. Although Fall and Spring find her in the classroom, she remains a writer year-round. Her writing has appeared in LitHub, The Writer's Chronicle, Hazlitt, The Millions, and The Indianola Review. Her debut novel, the psychological thriller A Flash of Red, was released in 2016. Bethanne Patrick, regular reviewer for NPR Books, NBCC Board Member, and LitHub contributing editor, noted that "Stephens offers readers a new perspective on crime psychology, enhanced by her professional expertise. Fans of books by Mary Kubica and Fiona Barton will enjoy the story of Anna Kline, her disintegrating marriage, and her very dark secrets." America’s librarian and BookLust author Nancy Pearl said that "A Flash of Red does a great job developing its three main characters; I'm still wondering what happened to them after the book ended,” and Underground Book Reviews called it “Highly recommended. . . cleverly plotted. The story itself was full of such intense intrigue and psychological manipulation that I could not put it down.” Sarah loves using her psychological training to craft darkly human stories with killer twists. When she’s not plotting death and betrayal, she can be found enjoying the pleasures of country life with her husband and children in Central Pennsylvania. Follow Sarah on Twitter (@skstephenswrite) or Facebook (@sarahkstephensauthor) and read more of her writing on her blog (

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