When a deep-rooted memory suddenly surfaces, Elizabeth Burns becomes obsessed with the long-ago disappearance of her childhood friend April Cassidy. Driven to investigate, Elizabeth discovers a thirty-five-year-old newspaper article revealing the details that had been hidden from her as a child–shocking revelations about April’s mother, Adele.

Elizabeth, now herself a mother, tracks down the people who knew Adele Cassidy and who thought that they knew what was going through her mind before she committed that most incomprehensible of crimes. She seeks out anyone who might help piece together the final months, days, and hours of this troubled woman’s life–from Adele’s former neighbor to her psychiatrist to her sister.

But the answers are more elusive than any normal investigation can yield, the questions raised difficult to contemplate. In fact, the further into the story Elizabeth digs, the more she is forced to accept that she and Adele might not be so different.

Elizabeth’s exploration thus leads her ultimately back to herself: her compromised marriage, her increasing self-doubt, her desire for more out of her career and her life, and finallly to a fearsome reckoning with what it means to be a wife and mother.


“How could a mother kill her children? This breathtaking first novel from photojournalist Kogan attempts a heart-wrenching answer. . . . [An] unflinching portrait of filicide, which still manages to find light in the darkness of a very disturbing subject.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“An amalgamation of autobiography, true crime and melodrama. . . . The story is so engaging… a credit to this narrator’s wonderfully appealing voice: funny, frustrated, likable, totally candid about her desires and failings…The perfect book club book.”
Washington Post

“…A page-turning good read…a tautly written story with sympathetic characters and evocative storytelling.”
USA Today

“Extraordinary . . . fascinating and detailed . . . this is a story that needs to be told.”
Elle, #1 Readers Pick

Entertainment Weekly

“The author is masterful at showing the fluid state of mothering in all its kaleidoscopic dimensions – the highs and lows, the angry moments counterbalancing affection, and the depths to which some will go to ‘protect’ loved ones. This exceptional, riveting novel will haunt you long after you’ve reached the end.”
Rocky Mountain News

“Outstanding . . . a haunting eyes-wide openness.”
Daily Candy

“A captivating thriller.”

“A haunting page-turner . . . a compelling look at what it means to be a mother and a wife.”
Working Mother

A “hair-raising journey of self-discovery … Reading the book sometimes like four-wheeling through a war zone in a fog. At the end, you turn to your driver, Deborah Copaken Kogan, and thank her for the ride.”
News & Observer

“Kogan has crafted an important book, highly readable, enjoyable, and thought provoking.”
Sacramento Book Review

“Deborah Copaken Kogan, a former photojournalist and mother of three, packs a lot into this provocative page-turner. Most of all, readers will be struck by the ignorance, silence and denial that surrounded women’s issues, particularly postpartum depression, in the 1970s — and by how far we still have to go in learning about and de-stigmatizing them today. Kogan writes about issues many mothers have been affected by but have been too ashamed to discuss. With the novel’s outstanding book club potential, however, Kogan’s debut goes a long way toward bringing these issues out in the open once and for all.”

“With unflinching honesty, reminiscent of the best literary reportage, and a truly poetic hand, Kogan has hit the nail of many women’s career plus motherhood angst squarely on the head. The highest praise I can give Between Here and April is that I had to put it down several times in order to take a deep breath and savor what I had just read. Rarely has a book made me think as deeply, weep as openly, and recommend so heartily as I will Kogan’s debut novel.”
—Danielle Marshall, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR

“Deborah Kogan’s fearless novel interrogates one of society’s last great taboos, maternal love gone wrong. Between Here and April is a provocative page-turner with brains and soul; it boldly exhumes the human story so often buried by scandalous headlines and family silence. Reading this book, I felt like I was being told a dangerous secret.”
—Heidi Julavits, author of The Uses of Enchantment

“A bold, haunting, honest, and wholly original journey into the darker, unchronicled terrains of motherhood.”
—Katie Roiphe, author of Still She Haunts Me

“Deborah Kogan’s first novel is the work of a natural writer dealing with an unnatural event, a mother who murders her children and herself. From this most tragic of premises , she makes fiction that is heartfelt, painful and almost hypnotically readable.”
—Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon

Bracingly honest and poignant, Between Here and April is a novel I will read again and again. Its that good.”
—Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

“Deborah Copaken Kogan has written a haunting work of ambition and dimension. Vivid and lively, disturbing and funny all at once, she captures not just one era but two, taking a keen look at the strictures and innocence of 1970s suburbia and the freedoms and pressures of present-day urban family life. This is a big, rich novel that tackles the ambivalence of motherhood full-frontally.”
—Meg Wolitzer, author of The Position

“An amazing novel that’s simultaneously beautiful and sorrowful. This look at tragedy, postpartum depression, and the despair a mother must feel to even entertain the thought of killing her young rather than leave them behind to fend through life without her… it was simply haunting.”
—Beth Golay, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS

Between Here and April is an absolutely wonderful novel and I loved every page of it. Kogan is a mesmerizing storyteller. I can’t wait to introduce this terrific work to the rest of our staff and recommend it to our fiction book group.”
—Korje Guttormsen, Books Inc., San Francisco, CA

“What a haunting tale! For those readers who find themselves chasing that elusive balance between marriage, children, work and self, this book will give you much to relate to—almost too much! What a great novel to recommend to book clubs.”
—Andrea Avantaggio, Maria’s Bookshop, Durango, CO

“I loved Between Here and April! A better book club selection I have not seen in a while. On so many levels it raises issues—memory, facing the past and admitting its impact on the present, motherly love, fidelity—and the suspenseful race to the conclusion was so satisfyingly rewarded. Many thanks for inviting me to be an early reader. I can’t wait to recommend it!”
—Cheryl McKeon, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park WA