Joseph Souza

About the Author

Joseph Souza’s award-winning short stories have been published in various literary journals throughout the country. Winner of University of Southern Maine’s Andre Dubus Award for short fiction, he also received Honorable Mention for the Al Blanchard Award. In 2013 he won the Maine Literary Award and in 2020 he was a finalist for the same award for Best Crime Novel. His novels THE NEIGHBOR, PRAY FOR THE GIRL (finalist for the Maine Literary Award) and THE PERFECT DAUGHTER were published by Kensington Books.

My Books

The Anchorman’s Wife

From acclaimed author, Joseph Souza, comes a deliciously dark read that doesn’t let up until the final page. Wild and twisty, THE ANCHORMAN’S WIFE delivers a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of fame, marriage and motherhood.

Unpaved Surfaces

Auggie is a happy nine-year-old boy whose father, Keith, loves him more than anything. Keith’s life seems ideal–until one day Auggie vanishes. A year has passed since Keith’s son disappeared, and he’s haunted by glimpses of his son appearing in his small town.

The Perfect Daughter

A mother becomes entwined in her picturesque Maine town’s dark secrets after the disappearance of Dakota James, a wealthy local teenager, causing tensions to escalate. The suspense intensifies with another disturbing incident.

The Neighbor

Two neighboring couples are caught in a dangerous tangle of betrayal and deception in this “taut, twisty psychological thriller. Totally riveting”.

Pray For The Girl

Joseph Souza, acclaimed author of The Neighbor, brings readers into the dark heart of a small town in this riveting, relentlessly twisting new novel.

Need To Find You

Yasmine ‘Yaz’ Weeks would prefer to forget her troubled past and the vile crimes committed against her, but when she discovers a hidden memoir in a kidnapped girl’s cell phone…


Winner of the Maine Literary Award for Speculative Fiction

Finalist of the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction

Winner of the Andre Dubus Award for Short Fiction

Finalist for the Al Blanchard Award for Short Crime Fiction


“Scary and disturbing with dark psychological twists and turns, it horrifies while it fascinates. I couldn’t turn away!” — Lisa Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

BUSHNELL ON BOOKS: ‘Living the Dream’ and ‘Pray for the Girl’

BUSHNELL ON BOOKS: ‘The Neighbor’  

In its review of THE REAWAKENING, The Portland Press Herald said, “Its impact on a reader reminds me of the old Stephen King classic, The Shining.”

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