A Novel by Fran Dorf


What mother wouldn’t try to bargain for the life of her child? In the waiting area of the pediatric intensive care unit where her five year old son lies in a coma, psychologist Dinah Rosenberg Galligan meets a seductive spirit, one with a startling connection to her past, who claims he can make her child well again if she’s willing to pay the price. A spellbinding writer of suspense, Fran Dorf fashions a thrilling psychological tale that explores the borders of love and obsession, grief and madness, despair and faith. Powerful, vivid and deeply affirming, Saving Elijah is, at its core, the story of a mother’s love and of a family’s discovery of what it means to be human.



Stunning, spellbinding. Crackles with suspense, dark humor and provocative questions.                                                      

                                     Publisher’s Weekly (notable review)


Ambitious, imaginative, and beautifully done.  Like the best ghost stories, one dreads what will happen next, yet it's impossible not to  

go on. 

                                     Wall Street Journal


Fascinating, skillful, a fiercely compelling read. 

                                      Glamour Magazine


Wrenching and poignant. Avoids easy mysticism or psychologizing. A tough minded interrogative approach to grief.

                                      Washington Post


Totally engrossing. Dorf turns the spotlight on maternal grief and exposes much of what has been mostly unspoken by those outside this sad sisterly circle.   The emotions rendered here cut right to the bone. Once you experience this well written and compelling story, you will be strangely uplifted and better able to face life’s complications head on. 

                                       Columbus Alive


A rich, compelling tale of faith, grief, guilt, ghosts, God, and and ultimately, of hope. 

                                       Susan Isaacs


A novel by Fran Dorf

Originally published by Birch Lane in hardcover, Signet paperback. Translated into 10 languages, including Germany, where it was a longtime bestseller, under the title, "Die Totdenkerin," or "The Death Thinker."


Laura Wade is beautiful, brilliant, rich, and gentle, with a handsome, successful husband and three lovely children.   She is also convinced her thoughts can kill.  David Goldman is a psychiatrist trying to save Laura’s sanity.  Instead he finds himself fighting to keep from believing her—and from wanting her. Together they are drawn into a maelstrom of danger and discovery that makes what we know as madness seem safe….A novel of terror and passion graced with a tender and unforgettable love story.  A remarkable novel by a spellbinding writer of psychological suspense.



“Tautly effective” 



“A chiller that will keep you up!” 

                             Chicago Tribune


“Uncommonly good…a wonderfully believable psychological thriller” 

                             United Press International


“One of the best psychological thrillers of the season” 

                              Macon Beacon


“A satisfying psychological thriller.” 

                              Entertainment Weekly





A novel by Fran Dorf

Originally published in hardcover by NAL/Dutton, paperback by Signet. 


Lana Paluka regains consciousness in a rehab center after two decades in a catatonic state. Now 38, the former flower child cannot remember her fall from a deserted cliff, nor the trial that resulted in her boyfriend Ethan’s imprisonment for her attempted murder. And even as Lana’s doctors salute the miracle of her recovery, Ethan escapes from prison and is compelled to find her, leaving a bloody trail of mayhem in his wake.


Meanwhile, Jack Wells, a reporter who knew Lana when they were teenagers, painstakingly begins to uncover the secrets of Lana’s past, an investigation that leads him inexorably back to the hidden heart of his own family, and to truths he has long denied.  This haunting, magical novel unleashes the darkest of human passions even as it attests to the power of enduring love.


“Love, betrayal and murder… riveting, tantalizing, shocking.”                                                                                Publishers Weekly


“Powerfully imagined…packs quite a punch!” 

                                                             Kirkus Reviews


“Fran Dorf pilots this ambitious book with infallible accuracy… an emotional landscape, two decades of decaying counterculture, artfully distilled and disassembled. Ethan Skitt is the quintessence of the ex-con loner.                                                     Booklist (starred, boxed review)


“Vivid and believable…characters that make the reader care about what happens to them.” 

                                                              Library Journal