• Chanelle Benz
Cover of The Gone Dead

Billie James inheritance isnt much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned Black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day, and she hasnt been back to the South since. Thirty years later, Billie returns but her fathers home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.--Book cover flap.


Benz, Chanelle. The Gone Dead. New York: Ecco, 2019.