Spotlight on Debut Novel “Nightwatching” by Tracy Sierra

by LitStack Editor

Nightwatching, a thriller about a mother forced to the breaking point when an intruder threatens her life and the lives of her children.

Nightwatching and author Tracy Sierra Photo by Alyssa Fortin Photography

About Nightwatching

Home alone with her young children during a blizzard, a mother tucks her son back into bed in the middle of the night. She hears a noise—old houses are always making some kind of noise. But this sound is disturbingly familiar: it’s the tread of footsteps, unusually heavy and slow, coming up the stairs.

She sees the figure of a man appear down the hallway, shrouded in the shadows. Terrified, she quietly wakes her children and hustles them into the oldest part of the house, a tiny, secret room concealed behind a wall. There they hide as the man searches for them, trying to tempt the children out with promises and scare the mother into surrender.

In the suffocating darkness, the mother struggles to remain calm, to plan. Should she search for a weapon or attempt to escape? But then she catches another glimpse of him. That face. That voice. And at once she knows her situation is even more dire than she’d feared, because she knows exactly who he is—and what he wants. 

ISBN-13: 9780593654767
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: 2/6/2024
Source: Publisher


Praise for Nightwatching

“Nightmarish—you won’t be able to look away.”—Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

“If Stephen King and Dean Koontz co-wrote a thriller, the result would be a lot like Nightwatching. Eerily atmospheric, pulse-pounding and unputdownable, this book will keep you up at night.”—Sarah Pekkanen, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Tonight

“Very few books are as sharp, clever, and utterly terrifying. Read at your own risk.”—Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End

“I loved Nightwatching. It is the most gripping thriller I have ever read.”—Gillian McAllister, New York Times bestselling author of Wrong Place Wrong Time

“I am trying to think of a book that has grabbed me by the throat more quickly. None comes to mind.”—Linwood Barclay, New York Times bestselling author of The Lie Maker

“The most gripping psychological thriller I’ve ever read. Heart-thumping and mesmerizing, a masterclass in tension and terror, it’s also a creative, thoughtful portrait of maternal fear and love—a must read.”—Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push

“…an intense and claustrophobic thriller—it’s terrifying and unputdownable.”—Karin Slaughter, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of After That Night

“Few novels have affected me like this one….acutely frightening and beautifully written, as tender as it is terrifying. I can’t remember rooting for a character quite so hard!”—Abigail Dean, New York Times bestselling author of Girl A

“Tracy Sierra is an impressive new talent….riveting, by turns a chilling account of a horrifying ordeal and a whip-smart snapshot of marriage, motherhood, and the female experience in a man’s world. Psychological terror at its finest.”—Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Manor House

Nightwatching is “Breathtakingly superb on every level. A proper tour de force that delivers the highest possible grip factor from first word to last, and a more satisfying resolution than I dared to hope for.”—Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple at the Table

Nightwatching is at once a terrifying descent into my deepest maternal fears, a blistering social critique, and an elegiac portrait of what it means—and what it takes—to endure. One of the most haunting, gripping novels I’ve read in a long time.”—Katie Gutierrez, national bestselling author of More Than You’ll Ever Know

Nightwatching is “So tense, so thought-provoking.The definition of ‘can’t put down.’”—Araminta Hall, author of Imperfect Women


About Tracy Sierra, Author of Nightwatching


Tracy Sierra was born and raised in the Colorado mountains. She is an attorney who currently lives in New England in an antique colonial-era home, complete with its own secret room. When not writing, she spends time with her husband and two children. Nightwatching is her debut novel.

You can find and follow Tracy Sierra on her website, on Instagram, and on X (formerly Twitter).

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