An old, abandoned tunnel system beneath a prestigious new england college becomes the gruesome stalking ground of a serial killer…
The crime scenes are grim and otherworldly. The bodies of two female students are found mutilated and oddly positioned in the dark labyrinth beneath the school—haunting symbols painted on the walls above them. In her decade tracking serial killers, FBI special agent Kelly Jones has seen some of the worst humanity can inflict. Yet the tragedy unfolding at her alma mater chills her to the bone. Evidence suggests there is a connection between the victims—daughters of powerful men. And elements of the killings point to a dark, ancient ritual. As the body count rises, so do the stakes. The killer is taunting Kelly, daring her to follow him down a dangerous path from which only one can emerge.
"A stellar work of mounting suspense and terror. Ritual murder, ancient magic, and buried secrets all blend seamlessly in this debut mystery by a major new talent. Not to be missed!"
—New York Times bestselling author James Rollins
"The Tunnels starts out scary and only gets worse—or, if you like frightening thrillers—better. Michelle Gagnon is a fresh and confident new voice in crime fiction, and The Tunnels marks an auspicious debut."
—New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart
"Michelle Gagnon's stellar debut is an edge-of-your seat story of suspense and intrigue. Highly recommended."
—New York Times bestselling author Sheldon Siegel
"Beware: Michelle Gagnon will pull you into a mind as dark, dangerous and twisted as those subterranean tunnels. Better lock the doors and windows before you start reading!"
"A tantalizing premise, brilliantly executed, The Tunnels is a powerful Gothic-tinged thriller that hits the ground running and doesn't let up until the final page. So slick and polished it's hard to believe this is Michelle Gagnon's first book."
—Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Creasey Dagger finalist Denise Hamilton
"As dark, twisty, and thrilling as The Tunnels she so hauntingly describes therein."
—Edgar award nominee Cornelia Read
"A fast-paced, heart-fluttering run of a novel that taps into primal fears as it unfolds in real tunnels as well as in the labyrinth of the human mind. Don't read this one when you're alone in the house."
"It's The Wicker Man meets Silence of the Lambs."
"Gagnon…keeps things moving with a brisk pace and likable leads. Kelly's interactions with Roger carry a nice blend of warmth, humor and professionalism, bringing a sense of the real to their partnership. Kelly and Jake's relationship is no less interesting, and Gagnon wisely avoids forcing a romance between them. Gagnon's characters hold promise for an enjoyable series." (June)
—Publishers Weekly, April 16, 2007
Suspense, 4 stars out of 4.5
"Once Gagnon hits her stride, there's no telling where the story's going next. Gagnon gets top marks for characterization and imaginative use of gore."
—The Romantic Times, June 2007
"The Tunnels is an exceptional debut…a fabulous beginning to a promising new series! One novel you must not miss!"
—Diana Risso, Romance Reviews Today
Mass Market Paperback, June 2007, ISBN 13: 978-0-7783-2446-1, ISBN 10: 0-7783-2446-X