Nore Roberts didn't ask for a new life, but now that her mom is gone and her dad is newly married, she has to settle in at Shadow Grove, the old Civil War mansion her stepfamily calls home. When she meets her stepmother, Lisette, Nore is shocked by her youth and beauty that gives her chills- and a hint of something sinister. There's hope of becoming friends with her stepbrother and sister, until Nore realizes they're hiding something. When she begins to feel like the target of a deadly plan, Nore starts digging into her stepfamily's past. The skeletons in their closet are more real than she ever imagined. Can Nore expose her stepmother's dark secret before an old and evil magic swallows her up?
Lois Duncan Accomplishments: National Award for Lifetime Achievement Margaret A. Edwards Award for a Distinguished Body of Work for Young Adults
"Lois Duncan has always been one of my biggest inspirations. I gobbled up her novels in my teens, often reading them again and again and scaring myself over and over. She's a master of suspense, so prepare to be dazzled and spooked! -Sara Shepard, author of the Pretty Little Liars series
"There are a lot of smart authors, and a lot of authors who write reasonably well. Lois Duncan is smart, writes darn good books and is one of the most entertaining authors in America." -Walter Dean Myers, Printz award-winning author of Monster and Dopesick
These new editions are welcome news! Lois Duncan and I go way back and I couldn't be more pleased that her books will now reach a new generation of readers. -Judy Blume, author of Forever and Tiger Eyes
"She knows what you did last summer. And she knows how to find that secret evil in her characters' hearts, evil she turns into throat-clutching suspense in book after book. Does anyone write scarier books than Lois Duncan? I don't think so." -R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street
"In middle school and high school, I loved Lois Duncan's novels. I still do. I particularly remember Killing Mr. Griffin, which took my breath away. I couldn't quite believe a writer could DO that. I feel extremely grateful to Lois Duncan for taking unprecedented risks, challenging preconceptions and changing the young adult field forever." -Erica S. Perl, author of VINTAGE VERONICA
"Lois Duncan is the patron saint of all things awesome." -Jenny Han, author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series —
Lois Duncan is an acclaimed suspense author for young adults. She has published nearly 50 books for children, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, which was adapted into a highly-successful horror film, and Who Killed My Daughter?, a non-fiction book about the harrowing experience of her daughter's murder. Lois was the keynote speaker at the 2010 NCTE Convention.