From breakout debut author Chelsea Ichaso comes Little Creeping Things, a compulsively readable YA suspense novel with a narrator who can't be trusted, perfect for fans of Natasha Preston. She never meant to hurt anyone…
When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. At least, that's what she's been told. She can't remember anything from that day. She's pretty sure she didn't mean to do it. She's a victim too. But her town's bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down. In Melody's eyes, Cassidy is a murderer and always will be.
And then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information about what happened. She knows she should go to the cops, but…she recently joked about how much she'd like to get rid of Melody. She even planned out the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I'm so glad we're in this together.
Now it's up to Cassidy to figure out what's really going on, before the truth behind Melody's disappearance sets the whole town ablaze.
Perfect for fans of:
Detective stories for teens
Karen McManus and Natasha Preston
Praise for Little Creeping Things:
A Junior Library Guild Selection!
"Chelsea Ichaso has without a doubt written the breakout thriller of the year."—Dana Mele, author of People Like Us
"Ichaso's debut is a riveting whodunnit... a psychological thriller worthy of mystery aficionados."—School Library Journal
"Guaranteed to keep young readers guessing until the final pages...will satisfy the appetites of all manner of mystery fans."—Booklist
"[A] genre-solid whodunit and keeps readers guessing until the very last page."—Publishers Weekly
Ichaso's chilling debut follows narrator Cassidy "Cass" Pratt, a high school senior whom cruel peers have dubbed Fire Girl in reference to her having purportedly started a blaze that claimed her childhood best friend's life. Barely remembering the traumatic event except through the occasional fire-tinged hallucination and her older brother's account, her fears of complicity in a murder return when her biggest bully, Melody Davenport, goes missing. Cass and her crush/confidant, Gideon, have information that could crack open the case, but they can't share it without incriminating her: just the week before, Cass wrote out with a friend the perfect way to kill Melody, but the notebook they used has disappeared and she begins receiving ominous text messages ("I'm so glad we're in this together") that warn her against telling the police. As Cass struggles to unravel the mystery, everyone's a suspect. Though teenage concerns (an upcoming dance, Cass's fixation on her dissolving friendship with Gideon) can slow the pacing, gripping twists and turns add suspense to this genre-solid whodunit and keep readers guessing until the very last page. Ages 14 up.