Finding Tessa

by Jaime Lynn Hendricks

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One of Suspense Magazine‘s Best Debuts of 2021

Jace and Tessa appear to be a young couple in love with nothing to hide. But looks can be deceiving.

When Jace Montgomery comes home late from entertaining clients, he discovers that his wife Tessa is missing. There’s broken glass at the back door. Clumps of her hair. Blood. The cops in their small New Jersey town have him pegged as a suspect, especially after he explodes at a reporter during a press conference. Jace maintains his innocence despite the mounting evidence against him, but when a coworker he’s accused of having an affair with also disappears and a search warrant turns up an illegal gun in Jace’s home, all signs point to him as the culprit. What is he really hiding?

Meanwhile, Tessa finally feels safe, having set up her husband to take the fall for her disappearance―and someone close to him is helping her put him away. Breaking her lifelong pattern of bad men is only one hurdle she has to overcome. The other is outrunning her secret past while trying to stay alive, especially when those in her new life aren’t who they appear to be.

Jace’s lies don’t add up and the authorities are closing in. Will Tessa’s old life catch up to her and drag her back to a life of abuse before justice is served? 

Finding Tessa is a smart domestic thriller where nothing can be taken at face value, where every twist reveals a deadlier secret than the one before. Fans of Gillian Flynn, Samantha Downing, and incisive, fresh psychological suspense won’t want to miss it. 

A sharp and deftly constructed suspense thriller that hooks the reader immediately and never lets go.

The Florida Times-Union

A thriller with an unforeseen twist that will keep you turning pages.

The Montecito Journal

An anxiety-fueled ride rife with unexpected left turns. Psychological suspense fans will look forward to her next.

Publishers Weekly

Fresh twists and a swiftly moving pace make this a standout from the pack of missing-wife thrillers.


A suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing from beginning to end.

Mystery & Suspense

This is an explosive domestic suspense novel that will not only keep you guessing the whole time, but beguile you with Hendricks’ matchless storytelling.


Jaime Lynn Hendricks is an author with nearly 20 years experience in print media and marketing. Finding Tessa is her first novel. She lives with her husband in New Jersey.