Award winning author Paula McLain steps out of her historical fiction genre to write When the Stars go Dark, a crime/thriller novel. Protagonist Anna Hart has had more than her share of hardships – she was a foster child who lost her mother and two half siblings at an early age. As an adult, she has channeled her energy into her career as a missing persons detective, but at a huge cost. Anna has experienced another family tragedy, and revisits her hometown Mendocino, California where she reconnects with childhood friend Will, who is the local sheriff. After learning of three separate incidents involving the abduction or disappearance of teenage girls in the area, Anna offers to help Will find the victims. The search hits Anna close to home as she remembers her own devastating childhood and recent loss. This book is also available in audio CD for check out.