Tue 8 Mar 2011
Win a copy of The Liar Society! Details at the end of this post.
Her email didn’t move or disappear or do any of the creepy things I’d expect an email from a ghost to do. It was just there. Existing.
Sent: Tues 9/14 11:59 PM
Subject: (no subject)
I shouldn’t be writing.
They’ll hurt you.
The words blurred on the screen, and my hands went limp. My phone clattered to the hardwood floor, the battery popping off and sliding beneath my bed.
Dead best friends didn’t send emails.
I shook my head fiercely in an attempt to clear my thoughts. It was the anniversary of her death, and I missed Grace more than anything. Maybe my mind was just playing tricks on me. Maybe this wasn’t really happening.
I took a deep breath, grabbed my laptop, and refreshed my mail. My hand flew to cover my mouth when I saw her name on the screen again. As much as I wanted to believe that the email was from Grace, my mind just couldn’t make the leap.
Maybe this was some kind of joke, but that kind of cruelty didn’t seem possible. Plus we guarded our email passwords with our lives, and there was no way anyone was capable of hacking into the school’s database.
When I reread the words, something deep inside of me—buried beneath all the anger and guilt—woke up. It was as though I’d spent the last year living in a fog of grief and regret, and suddenly the atmosphere had cleared. My room looked the same, but the blue of the walls was more vibrant, the white of my duvet brighter.
I had sent Grace hundreds of emails over the past year. Trying to describe how much I missed her, how much my life sucked without her, and how much I needed my best friend back. I kept expecting our school, Pemberly Brown, to delete her account, kept waiting for the moment my emails would bounce back undeliverable. But that moment never came. Was it possible that after all this time, after all those emails, Grace had actually written me back?
Excerpt© 2011 Lisa and Laura Roecker
About the book:
Kate Lowry recieves an email from her dead best friend and must determine what actually happened the night of her death.
What people are saying:
“Secret societies dominate a posh co-educational private school in this suspenseful, possibly supernatural mystery.”–Kirkus
“A masterful blend of suspense and danger.”–Mandy Hubbard, author of Prada and Prejudice and You Wish
“One killer novel.”–Lee Nichols, author of The Haunting Emma Series
“A page-turning, pearl-clutching mystery!”–Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead
“The moment you finish, you’ll start writing your fan letter, begging for more.”–Adele Griffin, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Julian Game and Picture the Dead
Released: March 1, 2011
About the authors:
Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing-partners with a love of all things Young Adult. Some call it arrested development, but the sisters claim it keeps them young. Plus, it’s cheaper than Botox. Lisa and Laura live in Cleveland, Ohio in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn’t agree to a duplex. The Liar Society is their first novel. Find out more at www.theliarsociety.com.
Lisa and Laura have been kind enough to contribute a copy of The Liar Society for a giveaway!
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