by Sean Platt and David W. Wright
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Pub Date 21 May 2019 | Archive Date Not set
All Cora wants is a new start. But when your problems come back to haunt you, how far will you go to exorcise them?
After the tragic loss of her horror writer father, Cora is starting over in a new town, at a new school where nobody knows her. Nobody knows about her OCD tics. Nobody knows about her time in a mental hospital. Nobody knows she sees her father’s ghost.
But her new start is shattered when she fails to suppress her OCD tics in class. She finds herself targeted by bullies again. New town, same loneliness, and shame. She’s afraid to turn to her overworked mother, who is already worried about her mental health.
Then Cora meets Emily, the only person who gets her. Homeschooled Emily has suffered serious abuse, and she has a list. A list of people who have hurt her. A list of people that includes Cora’s bullies. And Emily wants Cora’s help in getting revenge.
Can Cora find a normal life by striking back at her tormentors? Or is she being lured into a darkness that will consume the sanity she’s desperately clinging to?
Emily’s List is a character-driven suspense thriller full of dark secrets and twisted revelations, perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and The Haunting of Hill House.
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this was a really interesting take on the thriller genre, I enjoyed getting to know Cora and Emily, and really felt for them. They felt like real people and I appreciated that they weren't perfect. The plot was what I was hoping for and I really enjoyed the tense atmosphere going through this book. I enjoyed the way Sean Platt and David W. Wright wrote the book and look forward to reading more from them.
"I tell her how I was going through a rough time at school, being bullied and not having any friends other than Kris. And even though I had her, she’d get grounded on weekends a lot and we didn’t have any classes together anymore. So I was virtually alone. To make matters worse, my father went through these stretches where he’d hole up to work. Even when he was around, he wasn’t really there."
Thank you NetGalley and Sterling & Stone for the copy of Emily’s list. I’m not sure this was a mystery/thriller, but maybe it defies genre. I loved the themes of self awareness and acceptance and the truth that most people are going through their own personal hell, even if it isn’t apparent on the surface. Cora is so well-written I really felt for her and what she was going through. I was captivated by this book as soon as I started reading and was happy to find that it kept getting more and more compelling. I will be looking out for more books by this team because it is rare to find a book with amazing writing, characters and a story I can’t put down!
Seriously LOVED this book! I loved that Cora seemed to be bullied for her differences, but it turned out to be outside of her control. I did not see the ending coming at all and loved the crazy twist at the end!
Cora is all of us. The normal, awkward, slightly off, embarrassed teen trying to find her place in the world. I was Cora in grade school/ high school! This story shows that it’s possible for things to turn out just fine, despite the terrifying twist!
Great book, great story, and fabulous characters. I’d love to see more from this writing group!
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