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You’re Not Going All Jekyll and Hyde, Are You?

I was halfway out my bedroom window when my cell rang.

The ring tone was some ancient pop song from when I was twelve, the sound distorted and screechy. I was precariously balanced with one bare leg out the window and the other wedged against my desk chair. Now was definitely not the best time for a phone call.

I ignored it, and the song cut off abruptly as the call went to voice mail. In the phone’s silent wake I could hear clearly the sounds of the night outside—the cool wind whistling past trees, a dog’s barks echoing between houses, some road raging driver laying on his horn down the street.

I needed to be out there. I wanted to dive into the darkness beyond my window, get filthy and carefree. Smiling, I started to push myself through my window.

Excerpt © 2011 Jeff Sampson


About the book:

Emily Webb is a geek. And she’s happy that way. Content hiding under hoodies and curling up to watch old horror flicks, she’s never been the kind of girl who sneaks out for midnight parties. Until one night Emily finds herself doing exactly that . . . the same night one of her classmates—also named Emily—is found mysteriously murdered.

The thing is, Emily doesn’t know why she’s doing any of this. With every nightfall, Emily gets wilder until it’s no longer just her personality that changes. Her body can do things it never could before: Emily is now strong, fast, and utterly fearless. Is she bewitched by the soul of the other, murdered Emily? Or is Emily Webb becoming something else entirely—something not human?

What people are saying:

“Addictive and surprising. I couldn’t wait for night to fall to see what Emily would do next!”–Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen

“Exciting, witty, and impossible to put down. The best kind of page turner.”–Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series

“A shy, dorky 16-year-old transforms into a wild party girl at night in this effective supernatural thriller…. Sampson delivers an almost believable scenario through Emily’s chatty first-person narration…. Emily’s attractive personality, drab on the surface but with emerging panache, easily holds readers’ attention, especially during her feral nighttime prowls. Intriguing.”–Kirkus

Released: January 25, 2011 from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins

About the author:

Jeff Sampson has previously written six books for children, including Dragon Spell and The Suncatcher Trilogy. Much like his main character, Emily, he is a pop culture fanatic with an abiding love of TV and movies. Vesper is his first novel for young adults. Jeff lives in Tukwila, Washington.