Kerry Peresta, Hilton Head Island resident and member of Thriller Writers International, has announced the release of “The Torching,” the third book in her Olivia Callahan Suspense series.

Peresta will host a book signing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at Barnes & Noble, 20 Hatton Place, Hilton Head Island.

“The Torching” continues the ongoing story of one woman’s life-changing assault, and her struggle to reclaim her memory, her identity, and her future. 

The heroine, Olivia Callahan, endured an assault that resulted in a devastating brain injury. She survived, but she couldn’t remember anything about her life or who she was. 

When Olivia crosses paths with private investigator Tom Stark, she is drawn to the investigative field, and becomes his intern. 

As Olivia moves forward with her fledgling career, a string of mysterious fires moves through the community. One of the fires strikes Olivia’s beloved farmhouse in rural Maryland. Now, in addition to uncovering the secrets bound within the redacted file, she becomes convinced that the fires happening around the area are disturbing calling cards … and they’re meant for her.

Peresta is also a member of Sisters in Crime, South Carolina Writers Association, and Island Writers Network. She is also a presenter at the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort. For more information, visit