The Forgotten Girl – Out Now!

Today is the day. THE FORGOTTEN GIRL is out in the world—available now at bookstores and online retailers everywhere. This is my first novel with a major publisher (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press) and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It is the result of many, many years of hard work and dedication. My endless thanks to everybody who has supported me to this point, and to all those who read THE FORGOTTEN GIRL and help spread the word.

If you’re on the fence and perhaps looking for a reason to add THE FORGOTTEN GIRL to your library, here’s what a few folks who have read had to say:

“A paranormal thriller distinguished by subtle characterizations and emotionally evocative prose. … [The Forgotten Girl] offers everything that fans of intelligent suspense could wish for.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“How Youers manages to skillfully weave character development into a book filled with edge-of-your-seat action is a testament to his writing skills. This is a smart thriller that also explores the power of love and memory. Highly recommended.” —Booklist (starred review)

“An absolute rocket—The Forgotten Girl is a supernatural thriller that thunders along at Mach 5 from the first page to the last. Written with a brutal lyricism, a savage wit, and a killer instinct for suspense, it’s a work that marks out Rio Youers as a big star.” —Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and Heart-Shaped Box

“A page-turner of a novel with concepts that twist your mind, characters that tug at your heartstrings, and a narrative that leaves you breathless. The Forgotten Girl is a supernatural thriller that will ensure you never forget Rio Youers.” —Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

“Rio Youers writes with a magic all his own. The Forgotten Girl is a unique and twisted thriller, loaded with suspense but also laced with beautiful heartbreak. Youers is a rare and original voice, and I can’t wait to see what he does next!” —Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind and Dead Ringers

The Forgotten Girl has everything going for it. Rio Youers has seasoned an original plot with engaging, unpredictable characters, and a totally badass villain, concocting a heady thrill-fest that will keep you turning pages into the wee hours.” —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of the Repairman Jack series

“Sometimes it’s the story that thrills us. Sometimes it’s the writer. Whether we know it or not, we always want both. The Forgotten Girl gives us both … halfway through … you think, “I’d be glued to absolutely anything Youers is spinning.’” —Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box and Black Mad Wheel

Lots of great praise so far, as you can see, and hopefully that will continue. If you read the book, and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review somewhere … or spreading the word through friends and family. Word of mouth is SO important.

So there it is … THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, available now wherever books are sold.

Thank you for all the support.


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THE FORGOTTEN GIRL hits bookstores on June 13th and I’ll be celebrating with a book launch in my hometown. The party kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Elora Brewing Company in beautiful downtown Elora. Roxanne from Roxanne’s Reflections Book & Card Shop will be on hand to sell copies of THE FORGOTTEN GIRL at a discounted rate. And I’ll be there to meet and greet, to give a brief reading, and of course to sign books.

So, if Elora, ON is local to you, come on out and say hello. Soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a craft beer brewed on the premises, and get yourself a signed copy of THE FORGOTTEN GIRL. What a lovely way to spend your Tuesday evening!

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Seeing Stars (Again)

The reviews for THE FORGOTTEN GIRL are beginning to roll in, and (so far) they’ve been universally positive—great, in fact. To begin with, I was incredibly excited to learn that THE FORGOTTEN GIRL earned its second starred review, this time in the trade magazine BOOKLIST. Here’s a little snippet of what they had to say:

How Youers manages to skillfully weave character development into a book filled with edge-of-your-seat action is a testament to his writing skills. This is a smart thriller that also explores the power of love and memory. Highly recommended.”

Meanwhile, at CEMETERY DANCE, Dave Simms raves about the book, saying: “Youers writes with both fire and soul here, imbuing THE FORGOTTEN GIRL with life which lifts the novel above many others.” You can read the full review right HERE.

Likewise, head on over to the wonderfully named BOOKGASM for another stellar appraisal. Alan Cranis says, “Rio Youers … combines elements of the supernatural with mystery in a surprisingly satisfying blend that is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.” The full review can be found right HERE.

THE FORGOTTEN GIRL will be available wherever books are sold on June 13—just over a week away!

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Hero Hour

Anybody who has read my fiction knows that I have a soft spot for the unlikely hero—that character who isn’t ex-military or proficient in the use of blades, but who yet finds him or herself in a bad situation. Do they roll over and die? Or do they stand up and fight? WESTLAKE SOUL is a pretty good example of this. So is Matthew Bridge from POINT HOLLOW. And hey, let’s not forget Harvey Anderson from my latest novel, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL.

Such is my fascination with the unlikely hero, that I have written an article about it for CRIMINAL ELEMENT. It’s called “We Can Be Heroes” and you can find it right HERE. If you check it out before May 30th and leave a comment, you could win a copy of THE FORGOTTEN GIRL. You have to be a Criminal Element registered user to enter, but if you’re not, it doesn’t take long to scratch your name down. And Criminal Element is an excellent website—probably the best out there—for all things crime and thriller. It’s well worth signing up.

Only a couple of weeks now until THE FORGOTTEN GIRL hits stores. I’ll be back with more news soon!


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