For Matt and his sisters, life with their mother is a day-to-day struggle for survival. But then Matt sees a guy called Murdoch coming to a child's rescue in a convenience store—and amazingly, Murdoch begins dating his mother. For the first time, Matt feels hope.
But the relief doesn't last. When Murdoch inevitably breaks up with his mother, and life gets even worse, Matt knows he needs to take action. But what can he do?
Matt's Rules of Survival:
- Sometimes, the people who mean you harm are the ones who say they love you.
- Fear is your friend. When you feel it, act.
- Protect the little ones.
- If you coped before, you can cope now.
- Always remember: in the end, the survivor gets to tell the story.
A National Book Award finalist
An LA Times Book Prize finalist
Starred reviews in Kirkus, Booklist, and SLJ
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About the Author
Of Nancy's suspense fiction, Sarah Weinman says, "Chances are, many of you haven't heard of this author. That would be a shame, because she's simply one of the best crime novelists going right now. Period." These titles are where Nancy habitually breaks genre-separation rules and include The Rules of Survival (a National Book Award finalist), The Killer's Cousin (Edgar award winner), Locked Inside (Edgar award nominee), Black Mirror (which the Washington Post called "an edge-of-your seat thriller"), and Double Helix (named to multiple best-of-year book lists).
Nancy's unusual fantasy fiction was inspired by the ballad Scarborough Fair and includes the loose trilogy Impossible (a New York Times bestseller), Extraordinary (featuring a rare thing in fantasy fiction: a Jewish heroine), and her personal beloved, Unthinkable.
For fun, Nancy also writes and draws a graphic memoir in comics, using her Tumblr to self-publish an episode three times a week.
Her favorite book in all the world is Jane Eyre.
A graduate of Yale, Nancy lives near Boston, Massachusetts with her husband.
What People are Saying About This
One of [Werlin]Æs most deliciously harrowing works.
Edgar Award-winner Werlin delivers another suspense-filled thriller that is sure to spark discussion.