“Wendy Walker’s unforgettable thriller will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.” —Greer Hendricks, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Wife between Us
A pulse-pounding novel about a small-town business owner found dead and the teenage girl caught in the crosshairs, American Girl is the latest thriller from internationally bestselling author Wendy Walker.
Charlie Hudson, an autistic seventeen-year-old, is determined to leave Sawyer, PA, as soon as she graduates high school. In the meantime, she works as many hours as she can at a sandwich shop called The Triple S to save money for college. But when shop owner, Clay Cooper—a man both respected and feared in their small economically depressed town—is found dead, each member of his staff becomes a suspect in the perplexing case. Before she can go anywhere, Charlie must protect herself and her friends by uncovering the danger that is still lurking in their tightknit community.
Based on the #1 bestselling audio, American Girl is a riveting thriller told through the eyes of an unforgettable protagonist.
An autistic teen impedes a homicide investigation to protect her friends in this cunning thriller from Walker (What Remains). Seventeen-year-old Charlie Hudson is intent on leaving her small hometown of Sawyer, Pa. Already accepted to MIT, she just needs to earn enough money making sandwiches at the Triple S to afford tuition. Everyone in Sawyer despises the Triple S's odious owner, Clay "Coop" Cooper, so few are surprised when he's found murdered on a street near his home. Police believe Coop was killed elsewhere and then moved, however, and their suspicions seem to be confirmed by surveillance footage that shows a terrified Charlie hiding under the Triple S's counter one night after closing. Charlie refuses to divulge what she witnessed—several people she loves have motives, and while she isn't sure who offed Coop, she won't risk implicating any of them. But if the culprit isn't someone she knows, Charlie's silence could be putting her in grave danger. The twisty tale unfolds in urgent first-person-present narration, and Charlie initially keeps as many secrets from readers as she does authorities, instilling an air of uncertainty that fosters tension and momentum. The exquisitely rendered and emotionally complex characters add depth. Nita Prose fans, take note.