In the Shadow of the Wonder Wheel


by Carren Strock

Coming out November 1, 2012

Gray Rabbit Publications

Several years ago I was at a workshop and doing an exercise on visualization. The exercise was to imagine ourselves on a beach and then let our minds wander from there. I saw a young woman coming over the rise. In my visualization, she turned to the side, and I saw that she was pregnant. The name Mallory McGill popped into my head. That night I had a dream and in my dream, I was walking on a boardwalk. It was misty, drizzling, and the sky was a dreary grey. No one else was around. I had an eerie sensation. Then I thought, Mallory is involved in some sort of a mystery.

That was the beginning of my latest book, In the Shadow of the Wonder Wheel. I’m thrilled to announce that it will be published by Gray Rabbit publications on November 1, 2012.


Mallory McGill has no idea how she got to Coney Island Creek. The last thing she remembers is traveling to the hospital to deliver her baby. Now her baby is missing, and she is being accused of committing an unspeakable crime.

For Teri Cardello, a tough detective who has no tolerance for anyone involved in crimes against children, McGill is guilty, and there’s no doubt in her mind. But her partner Sam Rothman, who once let an innocent man go to his death, refuses to be so easily convinced. “Either that girl is the worst liar in the world, or everyone else is lying and she’s telling the truth,” he says.

Why can’t Mallory remember that fateful night? Could she have killed her baby, or is someone trying to frame her? Someone knows the answers to these questions, and will stop at nothing—including murder—to prevent her from learning the truth.

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