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A timely and thought-provoking contemporary YA thriller, told from two perspectives, and woven around some strong themes. Lyrical, evocative and questioning, this is clever and thought-provoking suspense.

Caroline Lawson’s used to wearing different faces to the world: friend, lover, rebel, brainiac, liar. But “escapee” will be next, once she’s graduated and left her ultra-exclusive prep school far behind. In just a few months she’ll get away from the intolerant parents who won’t hesitate to put her on lockdown. Especially if they discover their attempt to convert her into straightness didn’t actually work. But the haunting absence of two girls—Willa, the adored girlfriend who bailed for California, and Madison, the friend who’s gone missing—puts Caroline’s plans in jeopardy.

Caroline and Jake, her best guy friend, have a few uncomfortable secrets about the hours before Madison disappeared, so they know the police are  looking in all the wrong places. Mr McCormack, their teacher, surely isn’t to blame, though all paths seem to lead to him.  And who exactly did care enough about Madison to know what was going on in her life?

Unable to back off, Caroline starts to investigate and discovers that Madison isn’t the only missing girl—she’s just the only girl to disappear from the 1% side of the tracks. The only girl anyone’s bothered to look for. Until now.

As every new discovery leads Caroline closer to the real connection between the missing girls, she faces an unsettling truth.  There’s only one common denominator between the disappearances — Caroline herself.

Rights details

World rights: KCP Loft

Good news

Awarded Best YA Novel in the International Thriller Writers Awards 2021

Finalist in the International Thriller Writers Awards 2021

Starred review from Kirkus

“The author uses the relationships between characters, the second narrator shrouded in mystery, and the overall sinister, menacing tone to create a captivating tension that will keep readers going until the end … A smart, memorable mystery.”

The Author

Andrea Contos

Andrea lives with her family outside Detroit.  She has a degree in Business from Michigan State University and left a successful career in Human Resources to focus on her writing. She was a 2017 Pitch Wars mentee and has also been a finalist in the Lone Star writing contest and the NWTRA’s Great Expectations contest.

@andrea_contos   www.andreacontos.com

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