From award-winning and highly acclaimed author Court Stevens comes a gripping, emotional story of small towns, rumors, and thirteen missing boys.
The Gemini Thief could be anyone.
For nearly a decade the Gemini Thief, a serial kidnapper who abducts three boys on June 1st, has terrorized Tennessee. The June Boys being held captive endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, managing to elude authorities while abducting over twelve boys over the past ten years. No one knows why—but they do know they don’t want to be next.
Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief has taken a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus.
But the twisted game begins to change: one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. With the help of her best friends and her boyfriend Nick, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:
What if someone she knows is the Gemini Thief?
Praise for The June Boys:
“Stunning twists and turns. Hang on tight.” —Ruta Sepetys, international bestselling author
“Not only a terrifying story of the missing, but a heartbreaking, hopeful journey through the darkness.” —Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest
“A gripping suspense that hooked me from the first sentence.” —Colleen Coble, USA TODAY bestselling author of One Little Lie and the Lavender Tides series
Full-length, stand-alone Young Adult suspense novelIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
In June 2010, in Wildwood, Tenn., 17-year-old Thea Delacroix, the heroine of this engrossing mystery from Stevens (Dress Codes for Small Towns), and her friends are still searching for her Kentucky cousin, Aulus McClaghen, a teen who went missing a year earlier. She fears Aulus is a victim of the Gemini Thief, who, since 2001, has been kidnapping three children at a time, holding them for 13 months, then releasing them without harm. This pattern changes with the discovery of the body of one of the kidnapped boys with Aulus's key chain stuffed in his mouth, one made by Thea's father, who soon becomes the FBI's primary suspect. The letters written by Aulus while captive, addressed to real-life kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart, allow the reader to experience the boy's fears and courage. A surprising culprit is revealed at the heartbreaking, though hopeful, ending. Stevens takes a good swing at resolving lost faith and trust while trying to rebuild the strengths and bonds of family and friends. Ages 13 up.