Author: Melissa Wolff
Audience: Young Adult
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: Melissa Wolff
Cover by: Jeanine Fourie
Editor: Emily Hendricks
Pages: 260 pages
It is the summer of 2012. The sky is blue, the ocean is crisp, and six young women are missing, including Madison Porter.
At the disappearance of her best friend, Amber Swanson falls into a spiral of destruction. She smokes, drinks and gets caught stealing. He parents don’t know what to do with her, so she is sent to live with her half-sister, Rebecca, in Virginia.
Ethan Hunter lives by the saying ‘blood is thicker than water’; even when his mother up and left him. At sixteen, he’s torn between holding on to the only family he has left and forging his own path for the future. He secretly plans his escape from his small, southern town.
The two lives collide and, as Amber puts the pieces of her best friend’s disappearance together, she and Ethan are thrown into a whirlwind of secrets, deceit, and murder.
“Paige!” My eyes snapped open and I looked around wildly. Cold sweat beaded my forehead and my hands were shaking. My wooden leg wasn’t next to me but my sister and Derek were. Derek held crutches and handed them to me as our eyes met.
“Thanks,” I muttered, forgetting for a moment that I didn’t like him. “Why are you screaming at me?”
“Because you were screaming yourself,” Elyssa said. “You must have fallen asleep and you started crying out.” I sat up straighter. Not this again I thought. The doctor said the pills would take care of it.
“How bad?” I asked. “What did I say?”
“I couldn’t understand you,” Elyssa admitted. “But it sounded pretty bad. Is everything okay?”
“It’s fine,” I said sharply. There was no way that I was going to tell Elyssa about the dream. “I’m fine.”
“There’s no reason to be so angry Paige,” Derek said. “Your sister is just trying to help.”
“I said I’m fine,” I snapped. “She’s not trying to help as much as trying to get on our father’s good side. She was always the goodie two shoes…daddy’s little princess. If her perfect reputation wasn’t at stake, she wouldn’t give a damn about me.”
Melissa Wolff was born and raised on Long Island. This is her second self-published young adult novel. She is also a writer for LIB Magazine and has been featured on Patch.com as well as the Post Pioneer.