"...[A] brilliantly constructed novel [with] a truly thrilling climax. Kirk draws the reader into a fascinating world of shifting truths whose details are by turns grotesque, funny, creepy, thoughtful, and exhilarating."
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The new tenants have a terrible secret. So do the landlord and his daughter...
Ever since Lucy was two, she’s been on the run alongside her mother. She’s never understood the reason for a lifetime of paranoia, aliases, and lies. All she understands are the rules: never lock eyes with strangers, never let down your guard, and always be ready to move on.
Finally, after thirteen years and eleven states, their next hideaway seems perfect. An isolated, fortresslike place in the New Hampshire woods is the new home they share with its owner, a gentlemanly pianist, and his lonely daughter, Gretchen. She’s Lucy’s age and soon becomes Lucy’s first real friend.
But Gretchen and her father have secrets of their own—and an obsession with puzzles that draws Lucy into a terrifying new game of hide-and-seek. Lucy’s dark past is about to come calling. And this time, for her and her mother in the house on the hill, it might be too late to run.
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"Lucy, the 15-year-old heroine of this brilliantly constructed novel from Kirk, doesn’t know why she and her mom have been on the run for the last 13 years. Having lived in 10 different states, they are now headed for New Hampshire, where they find the perfect rental, a small furnished house just down the hill from the mansion owned by their future landlords, the Sabins: Jerry and his daughter, Gretchen, who’s Lucy’s age. Though Lucy feels there’s something not quite right about Gretchen’s feverish enthusiasm and joyously overwhelming declaration of friendship, she hides her feelings from her mother. As she says, “I cannot tell Mom. She’d make us run. And I’m not ready to run again.” Who are the villains and who are the victims remain tantalizingly unclear. The pieces of the characters’ broken lives finally slip into place in a truly thrilling climax. Kirk draws the reader into a fascinating world of shifting truths whose details are by turns grotesque, funny, creepy, thoughtful, and exhilarating."
—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
Thomas and Mercer, hardcover, July 2019, ISBN: 9781542041348