In Another Life
What would you do if your whole life was a lie and learning the truth could cost you your life?
From New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow Falls series comes C. C. Hunter’s new YA thriller about a girl who learns that she may have been kidnapped as a child, and must race to uncover the truth about her past before she winds up a victim.
Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.
When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they're kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.
As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?
In this YA novel perfect for fans of Caroline B. Cooney, Chloe Holden, 17, has always known that she was adopted, but she always felt a secure sense of belonging in her family until she moves to Joyful, Texas. Her new town's name feels bitterly ironic to Chloe as she adjusts to new realities: her father's girlfriend is only a few years older than she is, her mother is shaky from her battle with cancer, and Chloe is starting her senior year at a new high school. Then she meets broodingly handsome Cash Colton, who recognizes her from the age-enhanced photos his foster parents have posted of their daughter, who disappeared 14 years earlier. Cash, with a tangled history of his own, pushes Chloe to question the circumstances of her adoption, triggering a series of events that put the teens in a killer's crosshairs. Chloe's first-person narration alternates with Cash's third-person passages, providing readers with the perspectives of two appealing characters struggling with difficult circumstances. Author Hunter (This Heart of Mine) delves into numerous issues, including bad friends, bullying, and dating angst; if the teen characters' perspectives occasionally stray into sounding a little too adult, the fast pace keeps the story from collapsing under its own weight. Ages 13 up.
Whatever this author writes about.. I fall right in and never want to leave!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish! Such a page turner.. I could not put it down. This author grabs my attention and holds it no matter what she writes about! I loved the characters and plot of the novel. The suspense of the adoption / kidnapping mystery...is it Chloe or isn’t it?? I couldn’t read fast enough to find out what happened. I also enjoyed the YA romance between Chloe and Cash as well. There is something about that new, first young love that gets you every time! Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would like this one as much as her other more paranormal books, but once again C.C. Hunter has proven to me that she is a fabulous storyteller! I fell into this and did not want to see it end! Many thanks to the author and publisher for giving me an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review!