A shocking thriller about a group of friends who go to a cabin to play a murder mystery game…only to have the game turned against them, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends.
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.
Five friends take a trip to a cabin. It's supposed to be one last getaway before going their separate ways—a chance to say goodbye to each other, and to the game they've been playing for the past three years. But they're all dealing with their own demons, and they're all hiding secrets.
And as they start to play the murder mystery game that brought them together in the first place, the lines between the game and reality blend, with deadly consequences. Someone knows their secrets. Someone wants to make them pay. Soon, it's a race against time before it's game over—forever.
Are you ready to play?
"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
Perfect for readers who love:
• teenage mystery books or YA horror
• LGBT stories about intersectional groups of friends
• Karen McManus, Gretchen McNeil, or Natasha Preston
Praise for Even If We Break:
"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."—Publishers Weekly
"An engaging read, providing readers with some solid suspense, and twists to sink their teeth into."—Booklist
"A fast-paced thriller that will leave you both gushing over the geekiness and gasping over the game."—Rachel Strolle, Glenside Public Library District
More Teen Thrillers by Marieke Nijkamp:
This Is Where It Ends
Before I Let Go
At the End of Everything (Coming January 2022)
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.