Publication Date: May 07, 2019
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Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 And Up
New York Times–bestselling author Jacqueline West captivates readers with a dark, hypnotic story about the cost of talent—and the evil that lurks just out of sight. When strange things start happening to local music idol Anders Thorson, everyone blames his number-one-fan, Thea. But is she out to hurt him? Or protect him? Fans of Holly Black and Victoria Schwab will be mesmerized by this gorgeous, magnetic novel.
High school senior Anders Thorson is unusually gifted. His band, Last Things, is legendary in their northern Minnesota hometown. With guitar skills that would amaze even if he weren’t only eighteen, Anders is the focus of head-turning admiration. And Thea Malcom, a newcomer to the insular town, is one of his admirers.
Thea seems to turn up everywhere Anders goes: gigs at the local coffeehouse, guitar lessons, even in the woods near Anders’s home. When strange things start happening to Anders—including the disappearance of his beloved cat, then his sort-of girlfriend, and, somehow, his musical talent—blame immediately falls on Thea.
But is she trying to hurt him? Or save him? Can he trust a girl who doesn’t seem to know the difference between dreams and reality?
And how much are they both willing to compromise to get what they want?
New York Times–bestselling author Jacqueline West creates an atmospheric, fast-paced story about ambition, trust, and the cost of getting everything you’ve wished for. Told from Anders’s and Thea’s dual points of view, this exquisitely crafted novel is full of unexpected twists and will appeal to fans of Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest and Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood.