I Did It For You: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Fourteen years following the murder of her sister, Greer has not returned home. This changes when she hears of a copycat murder and she feels a pull to go back and help, as she tried years ago. Not wanting to raise concerns, Greer hides her true intentions. However, things don't stay a secret in her small town, Ludlow. A twisty thriller that will keep you guessing!

— Ayah


A twisty thriller from the beloved author of The Familiar Dark, in which a woman returns to the town where her sister was murdered and finds a presumed copycat on the loose

It’s been fourteen years since Greer Dunning’s older sister, Eliza, was murdered, and Greer’s family has never been the same. And now there’s been a similar killing in Greer’s small Kansas hometown. A copycat, according to the authorities, but Greer is convinced there is more to the story. That Eliza’s murderer had help all those years ago.

So Greer returns home after more than a decade away, desperate to answer the questions that have haunted her for years. And in her drive to uncover the truth, she forms a bond with the unlikeliest of allies. One that puts her in grave danger, as almost everyone in her small town becomes a suspect.

At once a riveting mystery and a deep exploration of guilt, loss, and the ways in which a violent murder transforms both the family of the victim and the family of the killer, I Did It For You will keep readers captivated through the very last page.

About the Author

Amy Engel is the author of The Familiar Dark, The Roanoke Girls, and the Book of Ivy series. A former criminal defense attorney, she lives in Missouri with her family.

Praise For…

“In this stellar standalone…Engel elevates the already tantalizing mystery with an uncommonly raw portrayal of Greer’s grief—her palpable inner struggles form the backbone of the novel. Mysteries don’t come much better than this.”
Publishers Weekly (starred), "Pick of the Week"

"[A] heart-racing page-turner." 
—Woman's World

“Multilayered and engrossing…A tense and immersive novel that considers the delight and darkness of living in a close-knit small town.”

“I love diving into an Amy Engel novel, and I Did It For You is no exception. If you’re looking for an engrossing thriller, this one ticks off all the boxes: sleek writing, insight into the complexity of terrible crimes, and a plot that will keep you guessing and turning ‘just one more page’ late into the night.”
Julia Heaberlin, bestselling author of We Are All The Same In the Dark
“Amy Engel masterfully dredges the depths of small-town darkness. Raw and riveting, I Did It For You belongs at the top of your to read list.”
Laura McHugh, Award winning author of What’s Done In Darkness

“A heart-breaking crime story about the need to make sense of the senseless acts of violence that rip your life apart and how you can’t choose who you love… Amy Engel is the queen of the small-town mystery.”
—Laure Van Rensburg, author of Nobody But Us and The Good Daughter

“A deeply chilling, beautifully written mystery. I Did It For You is a blistering page-turner, and a complex study of grief and the power of guilt. Amy Engel is a huge talent.”
—Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin at the End

“This is an intense, psychological thriller, that keeps you reading along, wondering who the murderer is. Murder mysteries don’t get much better than this one. A perfect summer read.”
—Red Carpet Crash

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593187395
ISBN-10: 0593187393
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: July 25th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English