Marin spends a lot of time avoiding things. She avoids thinking about her mother’s suicide and what she could have done to prevent it. She avoids looking at people directly—because she can see their pain as bright, colorful shapes. And she avoids Cassie Jackson, who used her in a sinister ritual months ago, although Marin’s not exactly sure why.
When Cassie stands up at school, screaming, raking her nails down her cheeks, and pointing a finger at Marin, whispering “YOU,” Marin’s days of avoidance come to an abrupt end. Cassie’s older brother believes that Marin holds the secret to Cassie’s illness. So they team up to solve the mystery of what Cassie has unleashed. But as they look deeper into the darkness, can Marin trust what she sees?
Cecilia Galante, author of The Patron Saint of Butterflies, presents a chilling story with horror-movie thrills and nail-biting suspense. Perfect for fans of American Horror Story, Paranormal Activity, and The Exorcist, and readers who love to feel goose bumps.
Praise for Be Not Afraid:
"Galante crafts a chilling atmosphere in this slowly simmering horror story."--Publishers Weekly
"Recommended for fans of the author and Katherine Howe's Conversion and Danielle Vega's The Merciless." --SLJ
"Well-executed and decorated with some top-notch horror elements; readers who don't love this sort of suspense will find refuge in the romantic [subplot]. . . . A quick, freaky read." --Kirkus Reviews
Galante (The Sweetness of Salt) crafts a chilling atmosphere in this slowly simmering horror story. Seventeen-year-old Marin developed a peculiar condition after her mother's suicide: the ability to see the physical manifestations of people's pain in the form of colorful orbs. Overwhelmed by the "pain shapes" constantly in her line of vision, Marin wears dark sunglasses to her Catholic high school. She stays under the radar until one day when another student, Cassie, erupts into an enraged, seizurelike fit during Mass and directs her aggression squarely at Marin. As it becomes plain that Cassie's affliction isn't epilepsy but something more sinister, Cassie's brother, Dominic, senses that Marin is somehow involved. Marin's narrative is calculated in its revealing of information, and readers may begin to doubt her reliability. Like many works of horror, Galante's story is at its best when at play in the shadows; the conclusion may strike some horror fans as a bit conventional. Yet the author thoughtfully addresses questions of good, evil, spirituality, and suffering, while the story's paranormal elements offer moments of legitimate terror. Ages 12 up.