​Author Laine Cunningham

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM FAULKNER AWARD

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold meets Invisible by James Patterson in a haunting, atmospheric contest between a female FBI agent and the monsters in the human soul. 


When FBI agent Priya Conlin-Kumar tracks two different serial killers hunting in the same city, she begins to see visions of a demon king. After one killer falls, she hones in on the seemingly inhuman predator who continues slaughtering at whim.
The closer Priya gets, the more intense their battle becomes. Soon it touches all the law enforcement officers--female and male--assisting with the case. Inexplicable events make Priya and her lover, the county sheriff, wonder if gods and demons are walking through the city.
Immortal energies gather for a final event that will shake the mountain. Priya must access the dark, sensual power of the goddess Kali if she is to have any chance at defeating the demonic predator. And she must do so before more civilians and law officers become the latest victims.

Showcasing magical realism and the heartfelt sensibility of a strong female protagonist, Beloved blends the human darkness of Greg Iles (True Evil) and Mary Higgins Clark with the literary sensibilities of Yann Martel (Life of Pi) to interweave suspense, deep emotions, and stark prose.

Comparable titles: Fox and O’Hare series by Janet Evanovich, Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, Quincy series by Lisa Gardner, Burn Factor by Kyle Mills, Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter.
Beloved was supported by fellowships and art residency programs from the Vermont Studio Center and Wildacres Arts & Humanities Center.
Laine Cunningham’s books are included in the fantastic fiction found on “books to read” and “good books to read” lists curated on online book review sites. Bookworms have compared her stories to bestselling books that garner recommended reading notes by bookstore employees. Browse the full selection of her fiction and nonfiction titles at Amazon books, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, and your local independent bookstore.

"Beloved ranks among the great novels of all time. Cunningham combines tenacity and courage along with profound insight to create a...disturbing yet fascinating ... story. It is impossible to read this book unmoved." Pamela King Cable, Author of Televenge, ALA Top Pick 

"A captivating must read!" Robin Perron, Reviewer 

"A hard look into hope and horror possible in the human mind." Rich C, Reviewer 

"I found it difficult to put down [this] deep,dark novel." Jennifer Cameron-Smith, Top 1000 Reviewer 

"Had me on the edge of my seat from the first paragraph to the last. Incredibly well written-a dark sensation. The setting, the prose, the plot, all of it comes together to create a nail-biting story, which draws you in." Leah Griffith, Author Cosette's Tribe 

"This story is beautiful, smart ... with lyrical storytelling and strong character development." C. Hope Clark, Author, Lowcountry Bribe and The Carolina Slade Mystery Series, Editor of Award-winning FundsforWriters.com