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  • Writer's pictureCaitlin Rother

McStay family book now available for pre-order!

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Some books take longer to get out into the world than others, and this is one of them.

The McStay family went missing from their new home in Fallbrook, California, in February 2010 and their bodies were discovered in the desert, 100 miles from home, almost four years later.

I've been following this case from the very beginning, which means I was gathering research for 13 years.

I'd written 90,000 words based on that research when I was finally able to obtain a treasure trove of discovery materials, much of which has never been made public. So in the next few months, my manuscript grew to 151,668 words, which I then had to whittle down by about a third.

The result is a fast-paced, comprehensive and compelling tale that takes you behind the scenes, providing new details that will open your eyes and help you see this case with a whole new perspective.

So... I'm beyond thrilled to announce that you can finally pre-order DOWN TO THE BONE: A Missing Family's Murder and the Elusive Quest For Justice from your favorite local bookstore near you. Here are quick pre-order links to IndieBound, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. The book will be released sometime in 2024. (The original pub date has been pushed back, and I will update once I get a new date.)

Normally, I would do a cover reveal separately, but this time it's all happening at once. This is a preliminary look at the cover, which will have a short blurb added to it in one of the spaces.

Because aspects of this story, and the people involved, spanned multiple counties in Southern California, I'm planning to do a broader book tour than usual to meet more readers and talk to them about this very complicated and messy case. Once you read the book, you'll see what I mean.

My last book, DEATH ON OCEAN BOULEVARD: Inside the Coronado Mansion Case, came out during COVID so I am looking forward to getting back out there for in-person events! If you are interested in watching the virtual events I did for that book, listening to podcasts, or reading stories about the book, I hope you'll explore the links on my virtual tour.

As usual, I'm not taking a position on guilt or innocence in this book, I'm just laying it all out for readers to make their own decisions. But I think that many of you who think you know this case will be surprised to learn how much you didn't know.

If you are a book blogger, Instagrammer, established reviewer, or book seller who is interested in getting an ARC or set up a signing, please contact me at The book will be available on NetGalley once we are at that stage, and as soon as I get some signing dates scheduled, I will post them on the Events page of this website.

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Nov 03, 2023

'Purify your souls with deeds of love and mercy' -Jesus ● ● Cya soon, miss gorgeous... 'If you die before you die, when you die, you will never die' -Jesus

Nov 03, 2023
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The wayward mirth of the transitory earth is passing-away just like I was (I'm a Near Death Experiencer, lil1). You will never believe what we saw: ● ● Cya soon, adorable girl...

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