My latest novel, A Line in the Dark, is now available in paperback with this glorious review from Teen Vogue on the cover:
"A twisty, dark psychological thriller ... impressive storytelling, a chilling plot, and mean girls aplenty."
I might argue with "mean girls" in its most stereotypical sense, but to be honest, there are some mean girls in A Line in the Dark. What I mean, of course, is that this book contains anger, obsession, jealousy, and complicated shifting identities that sometimes are expressed by meanness.
I don't know about you, but when I was a teen girl, meanness was wielded as a weapon against me more than once — and I used it back, too. I think that meanness can come across as shallow and spiteful (and sometimes it is, perhaps in its truest sense), but it's also defensive and used as a shield to hide softer, more vulnerable feelings. Hurt and longing and pain.
Jess, the main character of A Line in the Dark, feels all these things, and as a 16-year-old still discovering who she is, she struggles to contain all these emotions. Sometimes they spill out of her into her artwork; sometimes they spill out of her in arguments with her best friend. The things that Jess does are motivated by a combination of all these feelings.
A Line in the Dark is a psychological thriller. It's about unrequited love and unfulfilled longings. It's my first book to receive three starred reviews! And it's out now in paperback (as well as ebook and hardcover). I hope you like it!