"Immersive and captivating. Thrilling in every sense of the word."—KAREN M. MCMANUS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us is Lying and One of Us is Next
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart.
FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.
Are you ready to play?
Also by Marieke Nijkamp:
This Is Where It Ends
Before I Let Go
Nijkamp's (This Is Where It Ends) psychological thriller again showcases the author's talent in drawing readers into characters' internal struggles. Originally brought together by a murder mystery RPG, five seemingly white teens across Stardust High's cliques are now being pulled apart. Autistic Maddy's car accident ended her lacrosse career; trans boy Finn, who uses crutches due to arthritis, dislikes asking for help; nonbinary and trans teen Ever experiences increasing responsibilities to their family; Carter's family pressures him to be "more"; and Liva seeks to live up to her wealthy family's expectations. Drawn together for one last game, the splintered group arrives at Liva's family cabin in the Arizona mountains. What starts off as a bittersweet last hurrah in their beloved shared world quickly turns into a nightmare haunted by the mountain's legendary ghosts and the group's inner demons. Though the conceit is well trod and characters' alternating voices can feel indistinct, the darkly twisted ode to self-discovery briskly whisks an intersectionally inclusive group through a reasonably stormy, emotionally charged scenario that considers the sometimes-steep price of growing up and growing apart. Ages 14 up.