Welcome to Author Daphne Benedis-Grab
Daphne Benedis-Grab, author of The Girl in the Wall, earned her MFA from The New School in Creative Writing, where she began the thesis that became her first book, Alive and Well in Prague, New York. She has worked a number of jobs including buildings houses for Habitat for Humanity and teaching adult literacy classes. She lives with her husband and their two children in New York City.
I start off healthy with yogurt or oatmeal but then in the mid morning I have a breakfast dessert of dark chocolate — it’s the dessert part that is my favorite!
Because several reviewers have said they were unable to put it down — and hopefully it would be just as engaging for you!
I was, and still am, a huge Lois Duncan fan. I’m hard pressed to pick just one favorite out of her collection of amazing books, but if forced I would have to say “They Never Came Home.” Talk about a book you can’t put down!
There was a period of time where I wanted to be a football player during the day and a ballet dancer at night, but when it became clear I didn’t have talent for either, I decided I’d be a writer. That way I could be anything I wanted in the stories I created, talented or not!
I could go on but will go with the first five who spring to mind: Madeleine L’Engle, JD Salinger, Sarah Dessen, Patricia McCormick, and Beverly Cleary.
I am a big fan of Grey’s Anatomy — friends and my husband mock but they simply do not understand the magic of Grey’s.
The whole world! I love to travel and my list of places to visit is long — next up is Mexico and the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan .
I grew up in the country but I am a city girl all the way.
Beach, for sure! Outside of my city home I am happiest at the ocean.
I am a proud crazy cat lady with an utterly magnificent cat.
Reading of course!
The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab
A powerful story of deadly intrigue and the bonds of friendship in the closed world of America’s super-rich
After an unforgivable betrayal, Ariel has made it her job to turn everyone at their posh prep school against her former best friend Sera. Yet, Sera’s father forces her to attend Ariel’s birthday bash in hopes of making amends, and softening the sting is Hudson Winters, gorgeous teen idol, who will be giving a private concert.
But facing the social event of the year in utter disgrace turns out to be the least of Sera’s problems on the most fateful night of her life. Dropped off by the family driver at the gated Barrett mansion where she virtually grew up with Ariel, Sera worries only about avoiding the birthday girl. Then, when the lights dim, instead of the opening notes of a ballad, there’s a burst set of staircases behind the walls, where the family’s servants have always is. As the clock ticks down on the few hours hostage takers give Sera before they execute her, Ariel counts on Sera to remember where she is and the sisterhood they once shared. Sera turns to Hudson, who has been only a face on a CD cover until now, learning the shocking secrets of the singer’s life that may be their only hope.
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