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From the USA TODAY and nationally bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold comes a dark, suspenseful novel about a hotelier in New England planning a reunion with his oldest friends, the founding members of a campus film club devoted to Alfred Hitchcock.

Alfred Smettle is not your average Hitchcock fan. He is the founder, owner, and manager of The Hitchcock Hotel, a sprawling Victorian house in the White Mountains dedicated to the Master of Suspense. There, Alfred offers his guests round-the-clock film screenings, movie props and memorabilia in every room, plus an aviary with fifty crows.

To celebrate the hotel’s first anniversary, he invites his former best friends from his college Film Club for a reunion. He hasn’t spoken to any of them in sixteen years, not after what happened.

But who better than them to appreciate Alfred’s creation? And to help him finish it.

After all, no Hitchcock set is complete without a body.

About The Author

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Stephanie Wrobel is the author of Darling Rose Gold, a USA TODAY and international bestseller that has sold in twenty-one countries and was shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Wrobel grew up in Chicago and now lives in London. This Might Hurt is her second novel. Visit her at and connect with her on Twitter @StephWrobel and Instagram @StephanieWrobel.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 24, 2024)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781668002216

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“With The Hitchcock Hotel, Stephanie Wrobel cements her status as one of the most original and exciting writers of suspense working today . . . In this both fun and frightening tribute to Hollywood's master of suspense, Wrobel conveys the psychology of very flawed characters grappling with sudden vulnerability and suppressed guilt, and ratchets up the intrigue step by meticulous step until the reader is racing through the pages to uncover the underlying menace. Releasing just in time for the 150th celebration of Hitchock's birth, The Hitchcock Hotel is a pitch-perfect rendering of what makes his movies special and a singular story of thrills in its own right.”
NATALIE JENNER, USA Today bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society

“A slow burn of suspense, secrets, and lies that—in true Hitchcockian fashion—explodes into a series of twists, each more jaw-dropping than the last.”
RILEY SAGER, New York Times bestselling author of The Only One Left

"The Hitchcock Hotel is not only enthralling and suspenseful, but author Stephanie Wrobel has managed to craft a wholly original thriller filled with the pleasures of homage and a tribute to one of the great suspense storytellers. Like any Hitchcock film, prepare for fantastic twists, complex characters, and an ending you'll think about long after THE END."
VANESSA LILLIE, USA Today bestselling author of Blood Sisters

“With gasp-worthy twists and razor-sharp wit, Stephanie Wrobel pays brilliant tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s legacy in The Hitchcock Hotel. When five college friends gather at one’s Hitchcock-themed hotel, dangerous secrets from the past refuse to stay buried. Trapped with no way out, they must figure out the mastermind behind the increasingly disturbing incidents to stay alive. A masterful, perfectly plotted Hitchcockian tale for our times.”
JULIA BARTZ, New York Times bestselling author of The Writing Retreat

“Artful construction, shudder-inducing suspense, and cinematic sparkle make The Hitchcock Hotel the perfect weekend escape—eerie movie-themed inn not required. Wrobel’s inspired treatment of the Hitchcockian motifs we know so well further secures her place as a master of premium high-concept psychological fiction. Hitch would be proud.”
TESSA WEGART, author of Death in the Family

“Stephanie Wrobel is a go-to author for stories full of suspense and social commentary. The Hitchcock Hotel is equal parts fresh and chilling. Filled with humor, tension, and intrigue, this twisty read will grip readers from start to finish!”
SAUMYA DAVE, author of What a Happy Family and Well-Behaved Indian Women

“A master stylist, Stephanie Wrobel strikes again with well-drawn characters, intricate plotting, satisfying surprises, and first-class entertainment. I don't want to visit The Hitchcock Hotel, but its story had me from the moment the guests arrived. Endlessly clever, ridiculously entertaining, and so damn FUN.”
KATHLEEN WEST, author of Home or Away

“Fans of Alfred Hitchcock will adore this homage to the master of suspense, as will anyone looking for a captivating thriller. Wrobel weaves a story filled with unexpected twists, including one that's positively mind-blowing. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough.”
MARGARITA MONTIMORE, bestselling author of Acts of Violet

“Wrobel masterfully weaves together multiple POVs to spin a near-suffocating web of suspense. The tension—and thrills—intensify as each sordid secret, bitter grudge, and simmering resentment surfaces, culminating in the reveal of one shocking hidden agenda. With themes of loyalty, obsession, guilt, and voyeurism, The Hitchcock Hotel kept me locked in from the first page to the last.”
K. T. NGUYEN, author of You Know What You Did

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