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"A page-turner of a romantic thriller!"
For fans of Criminal Minds...The second standalone novel in the YA romantic suspense "Gavert City" series.
Six years ago, Tessa Gardner’s sister, Mellie, disappeared. Despite lingering guilt and the never-ending desire to find her, seventeen-year-old Tessa works hard to keep it together. Her grades are decent, and thanks to her part-time job, she can help pay her family’s bills. But when her childhood crush, seventeen-year-old Luke Simon, rolls back into her small Texan town, he threatens to topple the delicate balance she created. She’s drawn to him—and the way he makes her smile. He’s the only one who seems to understand her, but he’s got a dark past of his own. Even the fake psychic who swears Mellie is still alive tells Tessa that Luke will cause her pain.
Luke Simon knows a thing or two about guilt. He moved in with his uncle to escape his past, but memories threaten to eat him alive. He does what he can to keep his anger in check—quieting his thoughts by making out with one meaningless girl after the next. Tessa, and her long legs and her hard-earned smiles and her kindness is the only girl who’s ever mattered. She’s the one untainted memory he has from his childhood and he could talk to her for hours. He could do anything with her for hours. But the truth about his past might send her running. Or worse.
While Tessa and Luke try their hardest to live in the present, their pasts lurk in the shadows, more intertwined than they could imagine. And it may be too late to save Tessa's sister—and themselves.
"I pulled for Tessa and Luke from the start. They're these kind of tragic characters who've managed to overcome SO much that it's impossible not to want them to find happiness together. The suspense woven through the story is no joke--I got goosebumps several times. Nowodazkij really knows how to create multifaceted villains--even some you kind of want to root for even though you shouldn't." -Amazon Reviewer