• US Edition

Nearly Gone

Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.
Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it all out soon—she’ll be next.

Rights details

World: Dial (Penguin USA) - Spring 2014
Italian paperback rights: Hope Edizioni

Germany: Literarische Agentur Silke Weniger

Good news

Edgar Award Nomination 2015 for YA

Given by the Mystery Writers of America and honoring the best of mystery fiction.

School Library Journal – Starred Review

SLJ says that NEARLY GONE is, “Eloquently written and packed full of suspense, debut author Cosimano strikes gold with this page-turning thriller that will have teens chomping at the bit to get to the end.”

The Author

Elle Cosimano

Elle Cosimano  is the author of several gripping YA novels that have been excellently reviewed. NEARLY GONE and NEARLY FOUND were published by Penguin. HOLDING SMOKE and THE SUFFERING TREE are with Disney-Hyperion.

Elle is the daughter of a prison warden and an elementary school teacher who rides a Harley. She majored in Psychology at St Mary’s College, Maryland, and set aside a successful real-estate career to pursue writing. With her husband and two  sons, she divides her time between Mexico and the Washington DC area.

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