Born and raised just outside of New York City, Margaret Dardess has lived and travelled across several continents, landing at last in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she should have been all along. She is the daughter of an artist and a poet, who were determined to steer their only daughter away from a life in the arts. For many years they succeeded.
After graduating from Connecticut College, Margaret returned to New York to study Japanese history at Columbia University, and after a brief teaching career, went on to tackle the law. When she finally stopped going to school, she set off on a journey, masquerading as an international trade lawyer, a corporate executive and a university administrator until at last she cast her parents’ warnings to the wind and began to write.
Brutal Silence is Margaret's first thriller. She wrote Brutal Silence, after meeting a woman who successfully escaped from human traffickers. She was so angry after hearing the woman's story that she couldn't walk away. She had to make others aware of human trafficking. Brutal Silence is the story of resilient and gutsy Alex Harrington young woman who is thrown into the terrifying world of sex trafficking.
Margaret is hard at work on a sequel that will take Alex to Margaret’s native New York City where vengeance and murder threaten to destroy the new life that Alex is determined to build.