Thrilling suspense from New York Times bestselling and Edgar award winner Nancy Werlin.
Five teens are students at Rockland Academy, and they're the only ones summoned to a meeting in an old building—when the roof caves in on them. They survive, but barely. It was a terrible accident. Or was it?
Saralinda: "I'm a huge burden to my mother."
Caleb: "I'm a monster."
Kenyon: "My grandfather hates me."
Antoine: "My mother has already tried to kill me twice."
Evangeline: "I'll be worth 40 million dollars on my birthday. Then, I fill out the papers to give it all to the Upper East Side Cat Society. Not a penny to my stepmother. Unless I die first—haha."
But their families can't have banded together to kill them all. That's crazy.
Then another "accident" happens. Now they are four, and in a desperate race to escape the trap that's squeezing shut around them.
- "The trap is sprung. The hunt is on. Don't expect to sleep tonight. A stunning thriller told in two unforgettable voices." -Julie Berry, Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa
- "Unpredictable and emotional." -USA Today
- "A plot that left me breathless, and strong, memorable characters. Not many writers can do both. Nancy Werlin makes it look effortless. I could not put this book down." -Linda Sue Park, Newbery Award-winning author of A Long Walk to Water
- "Tense, vivid, lively, and heart-twisting—I could not catch my breath. What a very great pleasure this was to read. -Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of The Song of the Lioness quartet
- A gripping page-turner with a lot of twists and turns. Those fans of mystery looking for something different to read? Werlin's latest definitely stands out. -RT Book Reviews
- Although the psychology of the kids—and their parents—is a huge part of the story, it's the nonstop action that sweeps readers along. People are on the run, bodies are piling up, and murder is in the air. Up until the last moment, it's not clear who is going to make it out alive. -Booklist
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Chapter 1: Caleb
It is your new nightly ritual, as automatic as showering or brushing your teeth or thinking about her. You feed innocent paper into the teeth of the shredder. Then you put the scraps on the floor.
Whatever it is.
The paper shreds have never been disturbed yet, not once, which is surprising and interesting. You’re uncertain what to make of this.
One thing is true. You are not a little boy anymore. You are seventeen, and you don’t believe in Mommy keeping you safe or in friends having your back or in anybody, including you, understanding the difference between good and evil.
You do, however, believe in the indifference of humanity and the absolute inevitability of your own destruction.
You never asked to be what you are. Why you? At this point, you rarely bother to ask that question. Why is a child’s question, and there’s never a good answer, not from him, not for you.
Because. That’s the answer. His answer, and now also yours.
Because you are a monster.
Because you are too damn fucking tired.
One day soon, maybe tomorrow, you will stop fighting. You will go down. You will be done.
For tonight, though, you shape the hand and cane again, working the confetti to represent her small, determined fingers. You haven’t bothered to learn her name, and you don’t plan to. She’s nothing to do with you.
But her world is a good place, you felt sure of that from the first time you saw her. You’re glad for her, that she lives there and not where you do.
She’s alive in the world. It is enough for you.
Excerpted from "And Then There Were Four"
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