Brace yourself for the unexpected in this chilling novel that will thrill suspense and horror readers alike! Willow can’t remember what landed her in captivity, but she’ll do anything to survive. For fans of Natasha Preston and Stephen King.
Willow is alone, confined to a bed with restraints. She can’t remember how she got there…or how long she’s been there.
An old lady appears in her room to feed her twice a day. Granny doesn’t talk, but Willow can hear thumping from somewhere beyond her door. It’s not Granny’s shuffling steps. It’s too loud to be Granny’s cat. Is it someone? Something?
Then Granny’s cat dies in Willow’s room. And Granny follows a few days later. Willow will do anything to survive. But freeing herself from her bed is only the beginning… Because there is someone else in the house. Who is this mysterious teen who calls himself Elijah? And is he the reason she’s hostage or the key to her escape?
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Upon escaping captivity, 16-year-old Willow Lafayette must cooperate with an unknown teen to survive a deadly pandemic in this harrowing thriller by Balog (The Night). When Willow wakes up tied to a bed in a barren, ramshackle room, she has no idea where she is or how she got there. Her entire world now consists only of a one-eyed cat who meanders in and out with Granny, an old woman who force-feeds her medication that "makes my mind fuzzy." Granny won't tell Willow anything about her situation and leaves her alone for long stretches of time. Things get stranger when Granny's cat suddenly dies, followed by Granny herself, from what Willow assumes is the bunyavirus—a pandemic sickness commonly called the screw that was rapidly spreading before her captivity. She's soon released by a gruff boy named Elijah, who informs her that dangerous monsters are roaming around outside. As the two combat untold horrors, Willow confronts devastating revelations about her new reality. Willow is a courageous protagonist whose mettle and drive to survive, paired with Balog's propulsive prose, renders this an engrossing and fascinating adventure. Characters read as white. Ages 14–up.