Fans of CJ Omololu's The Third Twin will flock to the romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, now available in paperback.
The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve's End is that soon she'll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There's nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They're better off taking a chance elsewhere.
What Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.
But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they're all missing?
"A compelling thriller that keeps the reader hooked until the end." -VOYA, Starred
In this atmospheric thriller, Winter Crane knows that Reeve's End, Ky., is the kind of place that doesn't let go once it gets its hooks in you. She's determined to break free and go to medical school, far away from her father, who hits both her and the bottle hard, which makes Winter more comfortable living in a backwoods shack. It's near there that she finds Lennon Bishop, battered but obviously from the nicer side of the tracks. He's evasive about who hit him but lets slip that he's in Reeve's End to see Winter's friend Edie, who has disappeared. Then Lennon is gone, too, quickly replaced by his taciturn older brother, Jude, who believes that Winter knows what happened. Armstrong (the Age of Legends trilogy) imbues her teenage characters with a realistic mixture of adult grit, earned by difficult circumstances, and youthful charm, especially the flinty Winter. There are enough twists to keep any suspense fan happy, but it's the deeper theme of trying to disentangle oneself from the place society says you belong that resonates strongest. Ages 14 up.