The Restless Dark

Enter Cloudkiss Canyon at your own risk. 

Sadie meets Wilder Girls in this unnerving tale about the struggle for survival, the twisted satisfaction of revenge, and the darkness hiding in all of us.

The Cloudkiss Killer is dead. Now a true-crime podcast is hosting a contest to find his bones.

Lucy was almost the serial killer’s final victim. Carolina is a true-crime fan who fears her own rage. Maggie is a psychology student with a little too much to hide.

All of them are looking for answers, for a new identity, for a place to bury their secrets.

But there are more than bones hiding in the shadows…sometimes the darkness inside is more frightening than anything the dead leave behind.

HarperTeen/HarperCollins October 4, 2022

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The Restless Dark will soon be translated into French.

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Praise for The Restless Dark:

“Waters (The River Has Teeth) attentively acknowledges the appeal of true crime while confronting the ways in which it can be exploitative. Employing a touch of the supernatural to create a consistently creepy environment, Waters crafts a smart and memorable thriller.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“A satisfyingly twisty and refreshingly self-aware examination of human desires for self-knowledge and survival.” Kirkus Reviews

“A classic Erica Waters blend of tension, setting so real you can feel it in the room with you, and language so beautiful you can taste it.” — Wendy Heard, author of She’s Too Pretty to Burn

“Waters’ atmospheric, creepy psychological thriller combines true-crime fandom, a queer love triangle, and a wilderness survival story. . . . [A] compelling, twisty novel where perception is compromised and reality is illusive.” — Booklist

“This young adult, Sapphic love triangle is great for horror fans, and does a great job of centering victims in the conversation on serial killers.”School Library Journal