Death drew them together. Life could tear them apart.
Elise is cursed. Every time she touches someone, she experiences how they will die. And when she predicts, but is unable to prevent, her brother's death, Elise is desperate to escape her terrible gift.
Then she meets Claire, a vampire tasked with helping Elise master her rare powers - and recruiting her to the Veil, a secret organisation determined to protect the paranormal world at all cost.
At first, Elise is reluctant to work with a vampire, but when she predicts a teacher's imminent murder, she's determined to stop the violent death.
As Elise and Claire grow closer, Elise begins to wonder - can she really trust someone tasked with securing her loyalty? Someone who could so easily kill her? Someone who might hold the key to unravelling her brother's mysterious death?
Competitive swimmer Elise Beaumont, 16 and white, has been consumed by grief, guilt, and fear since the mysterious drowning death of her older brother Nick five months ago. She's also intent on breaking the curse that forces her to have visions of a person's death when her skin touches theirs. Claire Montgomery, also white, is a perpetually 17-year-old vampire tasked by the paranormal world's leaders with guiding Elise—a potential savior of that world—into her power as Death Oracle, capable of unraveling paranormal creatures. Claire doesn't want or expect to care about Elise, especially given that delivering her safely is Claire's ticket to revenge against the individual who turned her vampire. As people close to Elise begin to be brutally murdered, she feels increased pressure to understand and embrace her abilities—and finds herself drawn romantically to Claire. Sterling's (These Witches Don't Burn) world will appeal to readers who appreciate atmospheric and emotional paranormal romance; through alternating dual voices, she offers a gentle, sapphic romance and a nuanced exploration of identity, power, and consent. Ages 12–up.