The plot of Mark Frost’s ‘Twin Peaks’ tie-in novel has finally been revealed

UPDATE (6/21/16, 4:21 PM): Flatiron Books public-relations director Marlena Green has reached out on Twitter with the following correction:



Not much has been known about Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost”s upcoming tie-in novel The Secret History of Twin Peaks up to this point, but thanks to an abstract made public by the book”s French publisher we now know the basic synopsis of the tome, which is being eagerly awaited by fans of the soon-to-be-rebooted cult TV series. Here”s the translated copy, courtesy of fansite Welcome to Twin Peaks:

Twenty-five years [after Dale Cooper”s investigation of the murder of Laura Palmer,] the FBI gets a hold of a box from an anonymous source. In the box, a huge dossier…

A female FBI agent is tasked to analyze all the documents inside, and everything related to the strange town of Twin Peaks. She also has to determine the identity of the person who compiled the dossier. Along the way, she discovers secrets about the lives of the town”s residents, but also reports from Dale Cooper”s investigation that had vanished, newspaper clippings, an autopsy report, and other classified information.

What happened since the disappearance (?) of the young woman? And why did an anonymous “archivist” compile such a thorough dossier on Twin Peaks and its origins?

Given that it takes place 25 years after the events of the original series, it”ll be interesting to see how the novel bridges the gap between the first two seasons of the show and Showtime”s upcoming revival, which is slated to debut in the second quarter of next year. You can pre-order the book via Amazon, which promises that Secret History will “prep fans for the upcoming Showtime series like nothing else out there.” It”s due for release on October 18.

Below, you can watch Frost read a moving, Log Lady-centric passage from the novel at a recent event: