A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.
Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.
After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.
But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.
As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…
Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga, including Hush, Hush; Crescendo; Silence; and Finale all debuted as New York Times best-sellers. She graduated with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes, or traveling. She lives in Colorado with her family.
Interview with Becca Fitzpatrick
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Red Light, Green Light. My superpower would be changing stoplight colors at will. (Can you tell that I’m a mom and a frantic carpooler of children?)
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Banana Walnut Chip from St. Clair Annex in Watch Hill, Rhode Island
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Omelets-turned-scrambled eggs. Because, seriously, can anyone make a perfect omelet?
When I walk into a large, empty public restroom, and someone comes in and takes the stall directly next to mine.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
The journals I kept as a teen. All of my books were inspired by something that happened to me as a teenager. I’m so glad I kept those journals and can revisit my young adulthood.
What is your favorite Quote?
Nobody minds having what is too good for them. – Jane Austen
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A spy! I applied to the CIA. Twice.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
If your book has only good reviews, enough people haven’t read it.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
My boys and I are ridiculously excited to see Daddy’s Home.
What was your favorite children’s book?
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
How do you react to a bad review?
If it’s a negative and thoughtful review, I accept it. If it’s hate-filled and spewing, I discount it.
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. That book made me fall in love with “unlikable” heroines. It was the first book I read that made me realize girls and women in stories don’t always have to be good. They can be mad, angry, petty, spiteful, real.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
Ha! Probably nothing. I’ve read The Millionaire Next Door.
Favorite places to travel?
Hawaii. My husband and I are going for my 37th birthday!
Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
One big expensive one. Something timeless that I can still wear or use twenty years from now.