- US Edition
From Where I Watch You
A haunting ghost story, a suspenseful thriller . . . with cookies!
16-year-old Kara dreams of becoming a professional baker. Perfectly designed and piped, her cookies are masterpieces, but also her route out of the rainy streets of Seattle where her family once lived, laughed and ultimately imploded after her hated big sister Kellen died in a drowning accident. Now Kara’s dad has gone, her mom has turned from high-powered attorney into a holy-rolling Christian fundamentalist who sells Soul Soup in the family café, and Kara is left staring in the windows of their old family home, remembering all that happened within those walls.
If only Kara can win the baking competition and scholarship to La Patissierie culinary school, she can escape for ever – go to California then France and open her own, idyllic bakery . . . Maybe Charlie, the cute boy from her childhood who’s just back in town, could even be by her side?
But the past has many secrets, and Kara carries them all within her. As she pieces together the events that led to her Kellen’s terrible, life-changing betrayal some years before, she starts seeing her dead sister out of the corner of her eye – teasing her, leading her on. An unwelcome ghost in dirty Ugg boots.
And then there are the notes. With cryptic, provocative, menacing one-liners, Kara is being targeted by a mysterious stalker who always delivers his messages in the same distinctive envelopes. Someone is watching her. Someone who knows exactly where she is and what’s she’s doing. But who does she trust enough to tell?
As winter closes in, Kara works on her plan for winning the contest and re-making her life far from the memories of her family. But now the messages are becoming more frequent and disturbing. And Kara realizes that if she doesn’t figure out who her stalker is, she could lose everything. Her chance of escape. The boy she’s beginning to love and trust. And her life . . .
USA/Canada/ Film & TV: Soho Teen (August 2015)
Shannon Grogan is the author of the gripping thriller FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU, published by Soho Teen.
She is a kindergarten teacher, and also an illustrator, and she holds degrees in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, and Illustration. She lives in a tiny logging town in Western Washington State with her Canadian husband, children and Chihuahua.