One dead body.
One explosive secret.
one reckless night leads Farris Barnett to the dead body of a
classmate, she’s as willing as everyone else to write it off as a
suicide. That is, until cryptic messages start coming in from someone
who knows the truth, and they want Farris on the case. Putting her
hacker skills to work, she begins to unravel the life of a victim who
might just have been the guiltiest of them all.
Her personal life in
turmoil, Farris turns to the only person she can trust to help her get
to the bottom of things—a friend on the verge of becoming much more.
Together, they confront a killer with a secret not even she could have
The biggest bombs, the ones that do the most damage, are the ones you never see coming.
hit the water, the icy cold waves like shattered glass as I drive
through the surface feet-first. Every inch of my skin stings on
impact, the oxygen pushed from my lungs. Below the surface, I feel a
wave roll over me, the tide dragging me toward the shore.
sucking in a deep breath just before another wave crashes over me,
threatening to take me back under. It’s only luck that allows me to
bob above the water, wiping the hair back from my face. I open my
eyes. A few feet away, I see Cole break the surface, gasping for air.
Whipping around, he searches for me in the darkness. Catching sight
of me, he laughs, cupping his hand and dragging it across the water,
sending a spray at my face.
adrenaline floods my system. It’s a dizzy, relieved high, sort of
like the feeling you get at the end of a roller coaster ride. Part of
me is just glad to be alive, the other much braver part cheers to do
it again. Just then, a familiar tug grabs me as the tide begins to
pull me back out to sea. With a jerk of my head, I turn and swim for
shore, checking to make sure Cole is following.
feet, I stand up and begin walking to the shore. Within minutes, Cole
is beside me, wringing the water out of his black T-shirt.
pushing and pulling against my legs. My denim shorts and pale green
tank top are soaked and heavy. Even the wind blowing across my bare
arms hurts as we hike onto the shore and collapse to our knees,
about the sand sticking all over me. The moon is just rising on the
horizon, huge and full, its light bouncing off the choppy surface of
catching his breath.
minutes, just enjoying the rush of adrenaline and the sound of the
waves fracturing against the sand. Finally, he breaks the silence.
his head down the beach.
darkness. A huge lump of something has rolled up on shore a few yards
down from us. My first thought is that it looks like a black trash
bag. Then I see something else, something that looks a lot like a
climbing to my feet.
them. As soon as he gets there, he stops, dropping to his knees and
reaching out. I follow behind. The closer I get, the more the
crumpled body comes into focus. Cole rolls him onto his back and puts
two fingers on his neck, checking for a pulse.
waxen and swollen, his eyes wide and milky white, staring up at
nothingness. His blue lips are parted, white sea foam bubbling from
his mouth. The face is familiar; it’s a boy from our school. Not
someone I know well, but someone I’ve seen around enough to
chest and starts doing compressions, but I put a hand on his
shoulder, stopping him. It’s too late. Much too late.
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Playing With Fire (#Hacker Series Book One)
One brilliant young hacker.
Still recovering from her troubled past, Farris is no stranger to change. But when the military transfers her father across the country to an experimental aircraft squadron, settling in to a new life is the least of her problems. As a series of apparent computer glitches threaten the security of the fleet and the blame falls on her father, she decides to put her computer skills to use digging up the truth. Soon she’s drawn into the perilous world of a hacker who is determined to ground the fleet–at any cost.
When all signs lead to someone close to her as the mastermind, Farris will have to burn more than bridges to get to the truth. She will have to risk her fragile new life to uncover the identity of the cyber criminal before they can escalate from harmless tampering… to all out murder.
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