by David Bell
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Pub Date 01 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2022
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A new page-turning thriller from USA Today bestselling author David Bell.
When a girl disappears, who do you suspect?
When 17-year-old Hunter Gifford wakes in the hospital on the night of homecoming, he's shocked to learn he and his girlfriend, Chloe Summers, have been in a terrible car accident. Hunter has no memory of the crash, and his shock turns to horror when he is told Chloe's blood has been found in the car—but she has disappeared.
Back at school, his fellow students taunt him, and his former best friend starts making a true-crime documentary about the case—one that points the finger directly at Hunter. And just when things can't get any worse, Chloe's mother stands in front of the entire town at a candlelight vigil and accuses Hunter of murder.
Under mounting pressure from the police, Hunter takes matters into his own hands by questioning anyone who might know the truth and posting videos to prove his innocence. When Hunter learns he and Chloe were seen arguing loudly outside the dance, he faces a sickening possibility. Was he angry enough to kill the person he loved?
Praise for David Bell:
"David Bell is a top-notch storyteller and Layover is his best book yet. I flew through this twisty, riveting psychological thriller at breakneck speed, hooked from the first page right up through the book's breathless conclusion."—Cristina Alger, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us
"With hints of Patricia Highsmith's THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, this is a riveting thriller." —Palm Beach Daily News
"Readers will find themselves thoroughly immersed in this riveting thriller...both compelling and surprising."—Booklist
"Bell is a brilliant craftsman as well as storyteller."—The Providence Journal
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A thriller/mystery that teens will devour.
After the homecoming dance, our main character Hunter wakes up in the hospital with no clue as to how he got there. Apparently he was in a car accident on his way home from the dance. But he was driving with his girlfriend Chloe, so where is she? She's gone. And the pieces to Hunter's story don't add up. Chloe's purse, shoes, and phone are found in the wrecked car. But somehow Hunter made it to the hospital, some five miles away, without knowing how he got there. Did he leave Chloe behind? Was she kidnapped?
In an instant, it seems like his high school and the rest of his small town has turned against him. Hunter doesn't care that they think he's guilty. He just wants to remember what happened and find Chloe.
A page-turner that will keep you reading until the very end.
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