On Sale: July 16, 2019
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A murder at an elite New England college tears apart a
group of friendsâ€” one of whom is playing a dangerous gameâ€”in
this electrifying debut in the tradition of In a Dark,
Dark Wood and The Couple Next Door.
In her first weeks at Hawthorne College, Malin is swept up
into a tight-knit circle that will stick together through
all four years. Thereâ€™s Gemma, an insecure theater major
from London; John, a tall, handsome, wealthy New Englander;
Max, Johnâ€™s cousin, a shy pre-med major; Khaled, a
wisecracking prince from Abu Dhabi; and Ruby, a beautiful
art history major. But Malin isnâ€™t like the rest of her
friends. Sheâ€™s an expert at hiding her troubled past. She
acts as if she shares the preoccupations of those around
herâ€”dating, partyingâ€”all while using her extraordinary
insight to detect their deepest vulnerabilities and weaknesses.
By Senior Day, on the cusp of graduation, Malinâ€™s
secretsâ€”and those of her friendsâ€”are revealed. While she
scrambles to maintain her artfully curated image, her
missteps set in motion a devastating chain of events that
ends in a murder. And as fragile relationships hang in the
balance and close alliances shift, Malin must test the
limits of what sheâ€™s capable of to stop the truth from
In a mesmerizing novel that peels back the innumerable
layers of a seductive protagonist, debut author Cambria
Brockman brings to life an entrancing story of friendship,
heartbreak, and betrayal.
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