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What happens when good people make one bad decision?

Imagine you are on the way to a remote mountain cabin with your friends. Upon arrival, you discover an abandoned armored van with fifteen million dollars on board. Would you take the money? Nova and her friends answer with a resounding yes. Perhaps their answer would have been different had they known that a professional killer was already tracking down the money. Or that a legendary creature known as the Wraith roams the mountain, ravenous with hunger. Thinking they’re safe and anonymous, Nova and her friends divvy up the stolen cash, unaware who or what is after them, unaware that soon they will be fighting for their lives.

Reviews for Claw Heart Mountain

“Menaces both natural and supernatural turn a planned pleasure trip into a nightmare for the five college students at the center of this macabre thriller from Oppegaard (The Town Built on Sorrow)… Oppegaard milks the caroming confrontations with both monster and assassin for maximum suspense… Anyone looking for gripping natural horror should check this out.” –Publisher’s Weekly

“This author was new to me and I enjoyed this novel so much, I immediately downloaded another couple of his books… Overall Claw Heart Mountain is beautifully written and to call it a simple ‘creature feature’ would be a major disservice, as it could be equally enjoyed by thriller and monster novel fans.” –Horror DNA

“Oppegaard . . . keeps the action moving at the speed of an action thriller or a slasher movie, giving the novel a frenetic pace that makes it a fun read.” Library Journal

Reviews for The Town Built on Sorrow

“Oppegaard weaves together three stories that are very different in tone and substance but make for a unique reading experience that feels fresh, entertaining and more than a little creepy . . . Fans of dark, quirky dramas with a strong sense of place will love this book.” -School Library Journal

“Oppegaard pens an intense, page-turning, often harrowing nail-biter.” –KIRKUS Reviews

Within a small number of pages, Oppegaard chronicles the hardships of a nineteenth-century pilgrimage, and contemporary life in the town of Hawthorn, against a backdrop of murder and school drama. At once deeply disturbing and life affirming, his twisting narrative is one that fans of horror, mystery, and teen drama alike will be sure to devour.


“There’s a ghost in the story, scary old mining tunnels and some mysticism. In the end, all the threads come together in one of the most heart-stopping, creepiest conclusions in Y.A. fiction.” –Twin Cities Pioneer Press