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Coming Oct. 17, 2017 from Dutton Books

The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”


★ "Lo has delivered an intricate tapestry of narrative, woven in a labyrinthine pattern of secrets and colored with intersecting hues of Chinese-American identity, the dark intensity of relationships, and telltale stains of blood. ... Mesmerizing." — Kirkus

"Jess’s insecurities and simmering emotions are palpable in her first-person narration. ... Lo pivots halfway in ... keeping readers guessing until the final pages." — Publishers Weekly

"The bulk of the story is told brilliantly from Jess’ tightly observed perspective, her observations colored by intense jealousy and desire, the truth of which is doled out in subtle moments and expressive language. ... doesn’t let up until the unpredictable conclusion." — Booklist

“A beautifully written and compellingly well-observed psychological thriller.” — Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of Court of Fives and Cold Magic

“As soon as I finished, I had to read it again.” — Justine Larbalestier, author of My Sister Rosa and Liar


Dutton Books for Young Readers (Oct. 17, 2017) — U.S. and Canada
Young Adult Fiction
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0735227422