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The Boy on the Bus

Meg Landry expected it to be a day like any other—her asthmatic eight-year-old son would step off the bus, home from school. But on this day, the boy on the bus doesn’t seem to be Meg’s son. In what James Patterson calls “my favorite book this year,” Deborah Schupack’s debut novel is an extraordinary tale of a mother’s love for her son and the mystery that may ultimately rip them apart.


Critical Praise for The Boy on the Bus


“Schupack’s debut novel is at once familiar and eerie, like discovering a bird fluttering recklessly about your living room...a chillingly twisty psychological drama about love and need—one that turns on itself as seamlessly as an elegant Escher.”
Entertainment Weekly

“This is my favorite book this year—an incredible page-turning idea, written with grace, style, and deep, true emotion.”
—James Patterson, Author of Worst Case

“Motherhood with all its contradictions has rarely been shown so nakedly. . . . From beginning to end, nothing is ordinary, while at the same time everything is.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Last year, The Lovely Bones made us consider the horror of losing a child. This year, The Boy on the Bus will make us confront the terror of keeping one. . . . From a debut this daring should rise a career of penetrating novels.”
Christian Science Monitor

“So deftly does Deborah Schupack thread this first novel of psychological suspense with plaintive insight that a reader leaves The Boy on the Bus both chilled and sorrowful. . . . Disturbing in the manner of Henry James’s Turn of the Screw, it haunts us as well with the specter of a family isolated in and by modern life.”
Daily News (New York)

“Schupack snares readers in a disturbing book that’s bound to make us ask questions not just about this mysterious situation, but about love and loss and the limits we all face in thoroughly knowing our children.”
Boston Herald

“With this unexpectedly impressive debut novel of psychological mystery, Schupack boldly announces her presence at the table of writers who deserve to be heard.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)