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About The Necklace

The clock ticks down in a heart-pounding crusade for justice

Susan Lentigo’s daughter was murdered twenty years ago—and now, at long last, this small-town waitress sets out on a road trip all the way from Upstate New York to North Dakota to witness the killer’s execution.On her journey she discovers shocking new evidence that leads her to suspect the condemned man is innocent—and the real killer is still free. Even worse, her prime suspect has a young daughter who’s at terrible risk. With no money and no time to spare, Susan sets out to uncover the truth before an innocent man gets executed and another little girl is killed.

But the FBI refuses to reopen the case. They—and Susan’s own mother—believe she’s just having an emotional breakdown. Reaching deep, Susan finds an inner strength she never knew she had. With the help of two unlikely allies—a cynical, defiant teenage girl and the retired cop who made the original arrest—Susan battles the FBI to put the real killer behind bars. Will she win justice for the condemned man—and her daughter—at last?

Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and Harlan Coben

Optioned for film—with Leonardo DiCaprio attached as producer


"The Necklace’s brave, truly unforgettable heroine grabbed my heart  . . . This compelling, powerful read will stay with you long after you've turned the final page." —Lee Goldberg, New York Times best-selling author

"Great characters, fast-paced, and a twisty plot. The Necklace is what a thriller should be." —D. P. Lyle, Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Award-winning author

"Thelma and Louise meets The Green Mile in this unique and powerful thriller following one mother’s cross-country journey to find the truth." —Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling author

"This is as fast and tense as a great thriller should be, but it's full of warmth and humanity too - one small-town woman's quest for the most poignant kind of justice you could imagine. Buy it today and read it tonight!" —Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author

"The Necklace is an addictively readable story of a mother’s quest for justice. Surprising, propulsive, and poignant. I inhaled this novel." —Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author

"A high stakes drama that introduces us to a heroine with an honorable streak that runs bone deep.  The subject matter is gut-wrenching and thought provoking, the entire tale laced with a haunting eeriness.  Matt Witten is a pro, and this gem of a thriller is proof positive of that." —Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author

"I devoured The Necklace in a single evening, drawn in by Matt Witten's fantastically drawn characters and intricate mystery.  All I wanted was for Susan Lentigo to get justice for her daughter, and the twists and turns along the way kept me holding my breath until the very last page. A thriller imbued with real heart and care for its characters, The Necklace is a must-read." —Hollie Overton, international best-selling author

"A pulse-pounder with heart, a heartbreaker full of thrills, a thriller with a true sense of place—with The Necklace, Matt Witten knocks one out of the park." —S. J. Rozan, Edgar Award-winning author

"Emmy nominee Matt Witten twists multiple story threads into The Necklace, a breathless thriller that dives headlong into a horrific cold case." —Foreword Reviews

"In [The Necklace], Witten keeps the reader guessing and the tension high. Fans of amateur investigators with a personal stake in the outcome will be rewarded." —Publishers Weekly