The Last Broken Girl

A gripping psychological suspense and winner of the 2023 Claymore Award

Now available
from The Wild Rose Press

About Cynthia

Mystery and suspense author Cynthia Rice presents THE LAST BROKEN GIRL set in rural Wisconsin, where she has strong family ties. The novel won the 2023 Claymore Award in the category of suspense. She is a physician living in the Milwaukee area and a proud member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. When she’s not working on her next novel, Cynthia keeps busy reading, traveling, and playing mediocre tennis and golf. She lives with her two cats, Clarice (not named for Silence of the Lambs) and Porkchop.

The Last Broken Girl

Now Available from The Wild Rose Press

In a small town in Wisconsin, safety had always been an illusion. Especially for Erin Moore, who had been kidnapped as a teenager and held for months, when she learns her abductor is up for parole. The police always believed her captor acted alone, and that the female accomplice Erin described years ago was the fabrication of a traumatized mind.

Twenty years later, Erin leads a rigidly structured life with her husband and two young daughters and has a successful psychology practice in the same small town. When her abductor is paroled early and goes missing, leaving behind a large pool of blood, Erin and her husband become prime suspects. Erin receives threatening notes she is certain came from the accomplice, but she is unable to convince the police the menace is real.

As Erin watches her life unravel, including her marriage, career and possibly her sanity, she knows the only way out is to bring the accomplice to justice, even if it’s twenty years late.


“Rice has written a masterful debut thriller with a fantastic hero in Erin, who leaps off the page with her bravery and relatability… For those who enjoy thrillers about strong women who face impossible odds, this is a terrific read. An exhilarating page-turner showcases this debut author’s talent for suspense.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A survivor. Her imprisoned captor. An early release. Game on. When you get to the denouement, your pulse will quicken, guaranteed. And you thought zero bars on a cellphone made you uneasy before? Just wait. Two thumbs up for The Last Broken Girl.”
—Tracy Clark, author of the Cass Raines and Det. Harriet Foster series

“A riveting psychological mystery with a complex, multifaceted protagonist.”
Independent Book Review


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