A small town. A big secret. A deadly game.
From the author of Liars, Inc., comes a dark, contemporary thriller with twists and turns that are perfect for fans of We Were Liars, Little Monsters, and One of Us Is Lying.
Embry Woods has secrets. Some are small, like the ones about her complicated past. Others are bigger, like her growing feelings for best friend’s ex-boyfriend, Holden. But the biggest secret she carries is about what they did at the abandoned Sea Cliff Inn...and the resulting terrible fire.
Embry helps a homeless man escape from the flames and is immediately hailed as a hero, but she knows that couldn't be further from the truth. Though she’s wracked with guilt, Embry thinks she can take one last secret to her grave.
But then she receives an anonymous note—someone else was there that night. Now she must respond to a series of threatening messages asking her to make impossible choices.
Someone is playing a high-stakes game with her life. And their last move is murder.
While hooking up with her best friend's former boyfriend, 17-year-old Embry Woods accidentally started a fire at the abandoned Sea Cliff Inn. At first, the consequences of not confessing seem manageable. But now she is being blackmailed by someone called "Unknown" who warns that unless Embry complies with the demands, someone will die. As the stakes increase, Embry decides to confess her secrets to save her loved ones from "Unknown" and to confront her own demons. The twisty thriller by Stokes (Liars, Inc.)is an enjoyable ride, but it does not stray far from the familiar path of other revenge-plot YA novels. What does differentiate this story is the realistic portrayal of Embry's lower-income home life; she and her mother struggled financially even before her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and their situation is dire. The nail-biting conclusion includes a shocking surprise; readers will likely gasp when the identity of "Unknown" is revealed. Ages 13 up.