After midnight, everything changes
The Dutchman is a busy restaurant, open seven days a week. The owner requires all major cleaning to be done after midnight, when the building is empty of customers and staff. When a seasoned professional enters the deserted building in the dead of night to clean the carpets, he expects to carry out his usual routine without interruption. He soon comes face to face with a menacing threat, unlike anything he's ever encountered.
No one has ever escaped from the Crater.
When fourteen-year-old Charlie wakes up to find herself deep in the desert, she has no memory of how she got there. She soon discovers she’s been transported to a remote detention facility called the Crater, where she has been sentenced to a life of hard labor. Charlie and her fellow inmates try to make the best of their circumstances, but as the mysteries of the Crater unfold, it becomes evident that the facility is harboring some dark and disturbing secrets.
As she copes with the brutality of life in the Crater, Charlie must also come to grips with her own painful past, including her strained relationship with her abusive mother. When the ruthless atmosphere of the prison facility comes to a boiling point, Charlie and her friends must band together to survive.
An electrifying psychological thriller, and also a daring debut, The Crater makes an impact.