L. Jaye Morgan has been a horror/mystery/thriller fan since she was a small child and she sometimes wonders what that says about her state of mind. Nevertheless, she now writes mysteries and psychological thrillers reminiscent of Gillian Flynn and Clare Mackintosh, only her books feature African American characters.
L. Jaye has a master's degree in African American Studies and 3/4ths of a PhD in Sociology. When she's not writing her dissertation, she's procrastinating by thinking up more stories to tell. And binge-watching shows on Netflix. Her debut novel, Of Things Unseen, will be released in November of 2018.
She currently lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her wonderful husband, two brilliant children, and a spoiled dog.
Sometimes the past is better left undisturbed...
When Gianna Harris is found unconscious on the side of an Atlanta road, covered in blood, her dead husband beside her, police are eager to find the person responsible. But there’s one thing standing in the way: Gianna. The trauma caused her to lose most of her recent memories, including those from that night.
As she struggles to piece together what led her and her beloved husband—affectionately nicknamed the “modern-day Huxtables”—to that spot on that night, she must rely on her friends and family to fill in the blanks. But the more details they feed her about the past, the more she realizes things in her happy home were not what they seemed. What’s worse, everyone around her seems to have ulterior motives. And then the letters come. Three simple words, threatening and ominous:
I’M WATCHING YOU.
Terrified that her husband’s killer is coming back to finish the job and unsure of who to trust, Gianna is forced to revisit her forgotten past. As she unravels the threads of her life, the deadly secrets she uncovers threaten everything she holds dear. Will she unmask a killer before it’s too late?
Black girls are disappearing in suburban Atlanta and no one is paying attention…
Sick and troubled Atlanta housewife Tamara Johnston has spent years trying to forget her past, but when she learns four black girls have disappeared near her hometown, the memories haunt her once again. In an attempt to exorcise her demons, she agrees to help a journalist friend publicize the cases of the missing girls.
The police are forced to get involved after the story goes viral, and when the bodies are discovered, the department sends local detective Barrington Dunn to calm the angry and grieving community.
But something is off.
Barrington is a robbery detective who's never worked a homicide and the department doesn’t seem interested in solving the murders. What’s worse, they’ve left him with only one lead…a police sketch. And when it’s released to the media, Tamara’s world is turned upside down. It looks like someone she knows.
Now Tamara is convinced the murders are connected to horrific events from her childhood, and she’s certain she knows who did it. There’s only one problem: no one believes her. As she returns to her hometown to unravel the secrets and lies from her past, including her own, Detective Dunn must navigate racial politics, departmental sabotage, and his growing attraction to Tamara in order to catch a crafty serial killer before he kills again. And the shocking truth is worse than either of them could have imagined.