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Read Me Dead

Read Me Dead

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by Emerald Barnes

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Alexia Wheaton’s problems go beyond picking a dress and a date for homecoming.

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory - her parents' horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet to protect herself, but when the local newspaper reveals her secret, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents' murderer will soon find her - and


Alexia Wheaton’s problems go beyond picking a dress and a date for homecoming.

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory - her parents' horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet to protect herself, but when the local newspaper reveals her secret, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents' murderer will soon find her - and silence her forever.

Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her life and catch her parents' murderer before he catches her.

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http://nancywood-books.com - Nancy Wood
Emerald Barnes does a great job building and holding the suspense. You'll want to keep reading until the surprise ending. You might even forget the other things you were supposed to be doing!

By Nancy Woods - Author of "Due Date"
http://gloriaantypowich.com/ - Gloria Antypowich
I really enjoyed "Read Me Dead" and I am a grandma, not a YA!
Emerald Barnes has crafted a compelling read: a thriller, murder, mystery, with a romantic triangle and betrayal by someone in a position of trust. This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and held my attention to the end. There were many twists and turns in the plot, and the main character experienced real trauma (physically and emotionally), not just the threat of it.

Gloria Antypowich Author of "Hearts at Risk

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Emerald Barnes
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Meet the Author

Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She's the author of Read Me Dead and Piercing Through the Darkness. She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! Her short story, Wishes, was published by Phyllis Scott Publishing in their book, Blue Legs and other Coming of Age stories. She's constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs at yaindie.com, emeraldbarnes.blogspot.com and ebarnes23.wordpress.com which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She's an auntie to two beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn't imagine spending her time in any other way! She's a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

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Read Me Dead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
boo46 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading "Read Me Dead " by Emerald Barnes. I don't usually read mysteries but this one caught my attention. Waiting to see if there will be a follow-up. I am giving her a 5 star review.
Bex_n_Books More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: Justine Rating: 4 out of 5 Fairies Read Me Dead by Emerald Barnes had me crying rivers! Emerald was super sneaky, giving us a sleeper story. Starting slowly, then reeling you in with an almighty love triangle, and finally the peak of ripping your heart out halfway through. Emerald Barnes starts us out slowly until we reach chapter 3 or 4. By chapter 15, I was well and truly hooked and at chapter 26 or 27, she tears my heart out. I cried for two hrs! (I’m hormonal, but still!) Damn YA reads have been, as Bex would say, “Bloody Amazing” lately! That leaves us with the ending, and oh what and ending it was! This ending is most definitely ‘Justine approved’, and she even left a squeak of an opening for a second book. Although to be honest, the ending was so wonderful, I don’t think a second is even needed. Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided to Bex 'n' Books for free by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.
TheLifeofaBookAddict More than 1 year ago
This was a interesting story that I was drawn into immediately. It had just the right amount of mystery/suspense and romantic conflict that I like. Alex saw her parents murder when she was 10 years old and 7 years later she till has nightmares and struggles with the fact that she might die if the killer finds out she talked about it. I enjoyed it and I think that I would check out another story from Emerald Barnes in the future.
NatashaSBrown More than 1 year ago
I read Read Me Dead in a period of a week. It was a perfect young adult novel, with romance, mystery and suspense rolled into an easy-to-devour book. As a busy mother, I look for stories I can move through quickly because time is limited and so is my attention. This filled my need perfectly! This is an excellent summer read for anyone who loves YA/Teen mysteries. I look forward to more from Emerald Barnes!
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
This book follows the life of Matty and Alexia Wheaton who had their lives turned upside down when their parents were murdered.  Alexia saw who killed her parents but is hiding the information for fear of her safety. As time goes on Alex figures out that the murderer is out to silence her forever.  She tries her best to handle what is happening without putting her ex-boyfriend Christian or their best friend Landon from harm.   When the truth starts to unravel Alex fears for her life and finds herself face to face with the killer who has reminded Alex that she didn't keep her promise.  Teaming up with Matty and Christian along with Alex's fathers journal they put the pieces together of what happened.  Will they make it out in time or is the killer one step ahead of her? What a gripping story I love how Ms. Barnes is able to weave a great young adult book along with mystery, and thriller.  She has the ability to write characters that make you feel like your right along with them.  My only regret is not reading this book alot sooner. This book reminds me of authors I read by Merit Press.  Such an incredible journey that these teens go through. I can't wait to see what she writes next! 
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
A story so firmly set in the present day it even names the drugs prescribed to a girl who’s afraid to sleep, Emerald Barnes’ Read me Dead ratchets up the scares from strange noises at night to terrifying attacks with murderous intent. The protagonist has grown from immature ten-year-old, coloring under her father’s desk, to uncertain teenager, keeping secrets like a child while seeking love like an adult. Soon those secrets seem certain to threaten her life, and Alex’s “favorite meal. Mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and fried chicken fingers” probably won’t help. Prayers don’t seem to help much either, but it’s no surprise when Alex finds herself compelled to turn to prayer. Sadly, she doesn’t learn to trust, or to reveal her secrets, even when the reader has guessed what’s going to happen. But she’s a teen, and this story is told in the convincing voice of a teen, with carefully analyzed feelings, stubbornly held secrets, and that mix of caution and folly that leads to disaster. By turns scary and frustrating, Read me Dead reads like a teen movie trending toward horror without quite letting go of the real. Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy and I’m offering my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago