The first book in acclaimed author Jennifer Brown’s thrilling suspense series for fans of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars, Shade Me is about a unique girl who becomes entangled in a mysterious crime and lured into a sexy but dangerous relationship with a boy who may be a suspect.
Nikki Kill has always been an outsider. Born with rare synesthesia, she sees the world differently. In Nikki’s eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray.
To Nikki, Peyton Hollis, the ultrarich it-girl at school, was seemingly untouchable. That is, until Peyton is violently attacked and the only phone number the hospital finds in Peyton’s cell is Nikki’s. Suddenly Nikki is pulled into Peyton’s glittering, fast-paced world as she tries to unravel an unfolding conspiracy.
As Nikki gets closer to the dark truth—and to Peyton’s gorgeous older brother—the only thing she can be sure of is death is a deep, pulsing crimson.
In this gritty thriller, first in a series, 17-year-old Nikki Kill is plunged into a web of lies when a classmate she barely knows is attacked and left for dead, having contacted Nikki as her last act. Nikki has synesthesia: words, numbers, and emotions all have colors for her, and it has turned her into a rebellious outcast. But she is inexplicably drawn to the mystery of Peyton Hollis, daughter of a powerful Hollywood producer, and to Peyton's fractious, secretive family. As Nikki slowly unravels the clues behind Peyton's assault, she discovers a seedy world in which nothing related to Peyton is as it seems, including the disgruntled members of her garage band; her manipulative half-sister, Luna; and her sly, seductive older brother, Dru. Complicated and tense, this dark tale runs long amid its many red herrings and revelations, but it hits all the hallmarks of a traditional hardboiled mystery, full of dirty secrets and potential betrayals. Brown (Torn Away) skillfully uses Nikki's condition to put a fresh spin on time-honored noir conventions. Ages 14 up.