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BBC on Ill Will

March 16, 2017

Imagine the shower scene in Psycho, extended across eleven sections and three decades, with multiple unsolved mysteries. That’s the level of intensity Chaon achieves in this dark, provocative thriller. –

An Interview with Kirkus Reviews

March 15, 2017

“We can believe ourselves into these incredible feats of self-deception,” Chaon says. “Just that idea of somebody who’s basically decent, but also doomed by their own lack of self-awareness. I think that’s something that’s very terrifying because I think all of us are kind of afraid that we’re not as self-aware as we’d like to be.”

An Interview with Poets and Writers Magazine

March 15, 2017

“Finding a way out of the maze”

Ill Will reviewed in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

March 15, 2017

“the most disturbing novel I’ve ever read.”

ILL WILL Soundtrack on Largehearted Boy!

March 15, 2017

Music that inspired Ill Will

Review of ILL WILL in Los Angeles Times

March 15, 2017

Chaon is one of America’s best and most dependable writers, and in the end, “Ill Will” is a ruthlessly “realistic” piece of fiction about the unrealistic beliefs people entertain about their world. Reminiscent of the darkest psychological thrillers, such as George Sluizer’s film “The Vanishing” or the convoluted, unreliably narrated novels “The Horned Man” by James Lasdun and “Spider” by Patrick McGrath, it is ultimately a wider, less personality-bound story than any of those.

The problem of our world, Chaon seems to argue, is not simply that individuals tell themselves stories they shouldn’t believe, but rather that everyone is constantly telling themselves (and everybody else) unbelievable stories all the time. And amid the looping freeway interchanges of storytelling, the exit signs are often impossible to find.

Ill Will in Newsweek

March 15, 2017

“One of the best thrillers I’ve encountered in a very, very long time, Dan Chaon’s latest novel will chill you to the bone and keep you guessing at every turn.”—Newsweek

Ill Will Reviewed by The Washington Post

March 15, 2017

The scariest novel of the year!–Ron Charles

Ill Will Reviewed by Entertainment Weekly

March 15, 2017

“Reading a truly terrifying novel can make you feel like your’e drowning: As much as you may want to surface and catch your breath, the plot holds you in its grip….As Chaon moves nimbly between viewpoints, calling memories and relationships into question, a powerful undercurrent of dread begins to form beneath the story, slowly but inexorably pulling you under.”—Entertainment Weekly

Ill Will reviewed in Wall Street Journal

March 15, 2017

“Following writers like Richard Matheson and Shirley Jackson, Dan Chaon writes in the spooky tradition of suburban gothic… [O]utstanding…. Chaon’s writing is cool and precise, but his story is thrillingly unstable. It also boasts, at the end, a traditional horror-novel payoff I didn’t see coming—Stephen King couldn’t have done it better. But the power of Ill Will is in its atmosphere of fear and uncertainty. Its eerily persuasive idea that we can’t trust our own minds left me with a shiver of.”—Wall Street Journal

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