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by Kelly Braffat.
A gripping novel full of suspense and pathos that Dennis Lehane calls an...electrifying, tomahawk missile of a thriller.
OVERVIEW: Patrick Cusimano’s father killed a boy while driving drunk. Now Patrick is working at a grubby convenience store, and he and his brother, Mike, are the town pariahs. Caro, Mike’s girlfriend, is running from her own painful past, with no idea what she’s running toward. Layla Elshere is a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand and doesn’t trust. And Layla’s little sister, Verna, tortured by her classmates, finds unlikely solace with Layla’s dark tribe of outcasts.
As their fates become entwined, everyone is set down a terrifying and twisted path—leading them all toward a collision where loyalties will be betrayed, fears exposed, and lives shattered.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kelly Braffet is the author of the novels Save Yourself, Last Seen Leaving and Josie and Jack. Her writing has been published in the Fairy Tale Review, Post Road, and in several anthologies, as well as on Salon.com. Being published on Salon is kind of the writing equivalent of a guest role on Law & Order, but hot damn, she'll take that.
She is a graduate of Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College, and she currently lives in upstate New York. Although people from Buffalo laugh at her when she says that, so maybe she should more correctly claim that she lives in relatively-upstate New York. Look, it's upstate from Brooklyn, okay?
She is married to the tall and immensely talented Owen King, who is the author of the books Double Feature and We're All In This Together, as well as the editor of the anthology Who Can Save Us Now. He's dreamy. For more, see www.kellybraffet.com.
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2013 First Printing, Crown hardcover. VG / VG condition.