By Susan Beth Pfeffer

“Willa’s frankly portrayed grief, confusion, and uncertainties could have a robust influence on readers.” –Publishers Weekly, starred evaluate Sixteen-year-old Willa is lucky to have a cheerful combined relatives. yet a frantic cellphone name from Pryor, Texas, shatters the calm. Willa’s beginning father has murdered his moment spouse and daughters . . . and the police imagine he’s on his method east to seek down Willa and her mom. As this hectic tragedy necessarily exposes relatives secrets and techniques to Willa and her group, she struggles together with her personal harmful mystery

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The lights went out, first in Mom and Jack's bedroom, then in Brooke's. I was alone, as I was so many nights, surrounded by my family but alone with my thoughts. Everyone was asleep. I could get out of bed, leave my bedroom, walk quietly downstairs to the kitchen and then down to the basement, and go to my spot, my private spot by the furnace where I kept my razorblades and peroxide and bandages, all hidden where no one could find them. Only a little cut, I told myself. A quick one on my left calf.

I asked. " They looked at each other again. "There were three little girls," Officer Schultz said. " I repeated. "What do you mean there were three little girls? " "Maybe we should wait until your mother gets home," Officer Rivera said. The telephone rang. I jumped out of my chair and ran to the kitchen to answer it. "Willa, it's Brooke. Daddy and I are on our way to the club," she said. "We're all right and Alyssa is too, and if Terri doesn't show up when she's supposed to, the police will start looking for her.

I went to the library and turned my cell off. I'm at the club with Jack and the girls. Jack said Faye was worried about me. " Mom doesn't know, I thought. Jack hasn't told her. "I'll call Faye," I said. " "Jack and I are coming straight home," Mom replied. "Brooke's taking my car. " "Okay," I said. "Great. Come on home. " "Thanks, honey," Mom said. " "That was my mother," I said to Officer Rivera as I hung up. "Jack is bringing her home. She was at the library. You don't have to wait if you don't want to.

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