Release Date: September 12, 2023
About The Book:
Campus is empty, a winter storm is blowing in, and someone is lurking in the shadows, waiting for their chance to kill again.
Forest, North Carolina. Under the instruction of enigmatic Professor Joe Lyons, five graduate students are studying the tedious science behind the acts of lying. But discovering the secrets of deception isn’t making any of the student’s more honest though. Instead, it’s making it easier for them to guard their own secrets – and they all have something to hide.
When a test goes awry and one of them is found dead, the students find themselves trapped by a snowstorm on an abandoned campus with a local detective on the case. As harbored secrets begin to break the surface, the graduates must find out who’s lying, who isn’t, and who may have been capable of committing murder. It turns out deception is even more dangerous than they thought…
A foreboding new dark academia thriller of deception and suspense, This is How We End Things follows the unraveling of a close group of students as they contend with what it means to lie, and be lied to.
About The Author:
R.J. Jacobs has practiced as a psychologist since 2003. He maintains a private practice in Nashville, focusing on a wide variety of clinical concerns.
After completing a post-doctoral residency at Vanderbilt, he has taught Abnormal Psychology, presented at numerous conferences, and routinely performs PTSD evaluations for veterans.
His novel, titled: And Then You Were Gone, was published in 2019. His second novel: Somewhere In the Dark, was published in 2020.
“RJ Jacobs delivers a gripping, pacey and compulsive psychological thriller leading readers on a dark and beguiling journey into what it means to lie and be lied to. Addictive and sharp as a knife, you’ll want to clear your schedule!” ― Christina McDonald, USA Today bestselling author
“RJ Jacobs’ latest thriller has everything lovers of dark academia crave–a charismatic psychology professor, a questionably ethical experiment, and a group of students who can’t stop lying. Right from its chilling opening, Jacobs ratchets up the tension and deftly reveals the secrets and true identities of everyone involved on the way to a page-turning climax. This Is How We End Things is a great read.” ― Joshua Moehling, author of And There He Kept Her and Where the Dead Sleep
“A tense and tightly-woven tale of danger and deception. This is How We End Thingsis both a captivating exploration into the psychology of lying, and a high-stakes, dark-academia thriller full of twists and secrets.” ― Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author
“Experiments in deception turn deadly in this superb dark academic thriller by RJ Jacobs. With an intriguing cast of characters, all with secrets of their own, ever-ratcheting, pitch-perfect tension, and a killer on the loose, I could not read This is How We End Things fast enough. This is one addictive book.” ― Mindy Mejia, bestselling author of Everything You Want Me to Be and To Catch a Storm
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