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The Safest Lies

A page-turning new thriller from the author of hugely popular FRACTURE.

Kelsey’s mother hasn’t left the house in 17 years. Not since she escaped from her own kidnapping as a teenager, with no recollection of the year she was held. And not since Kelsey was born.
Kelsey has been raised with fear her entire life, and she sees the danger everywhere. But she’s not sure whether she’s learned that from her mother, or whether her fear goes deeper—something ingrained in her DNA from her mother’s time in captivity.

Her mother has a rule of staying off the radar, but that plan is shattered after Kelsey drives over a cliff, ultimately pulled from the car by volunteer firefighter and classmate, Ryan Baker.

Now, the town wants to honor him for his heroism—but only he and Kelsey know what really happened in that car. Despite her mother’s warning, Kelsey wants to be there for Ryan, as their friendship seems to be blossoming into something more. Kelsey sneaks out, but when she returns home, she’s faced with her biggest fear yet: her mother is missing.

As Ryan and Kelsey search for signs of her mother, Kelsey begins to question everything she thought she knew about the past. And Kelsey realizes she may have just set something very dangerous in motion, as she discovers what, or who, is truly to fear.

Rights details

USA/Canada: Crown, Random House (Summer 2016)
Russia: Clever

Good news

A Bank Street Best Book of 2016


Nominated for the Black Eyed Susan Book Awards 2017-18

These awards are given by the Committee of the Maryland Association of School Librarians, and voted on by students.

Texas TAYSHAS list 2017


The Author

Megan Miranda

Megan Miranda studied Biology and Anthropology at M.I.T. where she won awards in bioengineering. She worked in biotechnology for several years before teaching high-school Science. She is the author of a number of novels for young adults and adults, published by Bloomsbury, Crown (Random House) and Simon & Schuster. Her adult debut, ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, was a top title of 2016 and featured on the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists for many weeks, as well as the extended USA Today bestseller list. THE PERFECT STRANGER followed in 2017, and THE LAST HOUSE GUEST also hit the NYT bestseller list in 21019. THE GIRL FROM WIDOW HILLS follows in 2020.

She has a young family and lives in North Carolina.

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