Shocking Pink

Shocking Pink

by Erica Spindler

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ISBN-13: 9781459228269
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 165,968
File size: 764 KB

About the Author

No matter how innocent the story being relayed to me is, I can twist it into something pretty damn frightening. I've learned the real trick is not sharing these versions with those relaying the story. It tends to make people avoid me.” ~ Erica Spindler

A New York Times and International bestselling author, Erica Spindler's skill for crafting engrossing plots and compelling characters has earned both critical praise and legions of fans. Published in 25 countries, her stories have been lauded as “thrill-packed page turners, white- knuckle rides and edge-of-your-seat whodunits.”

Raised in Rockford, Illinois, Erica had planned on being an artist, earning a BFA from Delta State University and an MFA from the University of New Orleans in the visual arts. In June of 1982, in bed with a cold, she picked up a romance novel for relief from daytime television. She was immediately hooked, and soon decided to try to write one herself. She leaped from romance to suspense in 1996 with her novel Forbidden Fruit, and found her true calling.

Her novel Bone Cold won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence. A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, she received a Kiss of Death Award for her novels Forbidden Fruit and Dead Run and was a three-time RITA® Award finalist.  Publishers Weekly awarded the audio version of her novel Shocking Pink a Listen Up Award, naming it one of the best audio mystery books of 1998.

Erica lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons and is busy at work on her next thriller.  

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Shocking Pink

By Erica Spindler


Copyright © 2005 Erica Spindler
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0778323781

Thistledown, Missouri 1983

The inside of the car was hot, steamy with the heat radiating from the two teenagers making out in the back seat. The Camaro rocked slightly with their enthusiastic movements. The sound of mouths and tongues meeting and sucking, of sighs and groans and murmured pleasure, filled the interior and spilled out into the June night.

Julie Cooper believed she had died and gone to heaven. She had run into Ryan Tolber, a senior she'd had a crush on the entire year before, on her way to the bowling alley's ladies' room. One thing had led to another, and when he'd suggested she come out to his car with him, she hadn't been able to say no.

Saying no was a big problem for Julie. Or at least that's what her best friends, Andie Bennett and Raven Johnson, told her.

As far as Julie was concerned, saying yes was tons more fun than saying no. And, of course, that was the problem.

"Come on, Julie baby. I'm gonna die if we don't."

"Oh, Ryan...I want to, but -- " He cut off her words with his mouth. He kissed her deeply, spearing his tongue into her mouth, pressing her back against the seat. She thought fleetingly of Andie and Raven, inside the bowling alley and no doubt looking for her by now. Andie would be worried sick; Raven would be mad as hell. Julie knew she should go back into the bowling alley and tell them where she was.

All thoughts of her friends evaporated as Ryan brought his hands to her breasts and began kneading them. "No buts, baby. I want you so bad. I need you."

Growing dizzy with his words and the sensations rocketing through her, she arched toward him. "I need you, too, Ryan."

He slipped his hands under her shirt and cupped and stroked her through her bra. "All last year I liked you. I thought you were the cutest freshman girl of all."

"Me? The cutest?" She gazed into his warm brown eyes, pleased at the compliment, feeling about to burst with happiness. "I liked you, too. Why didn't you ask me out?"

"You were a freshman. That made you off-limits, babe." She nuzzled against his neck. "But I'm a sophomore now."

"Exactly. And now that you're older, you know what a boy needs." He worked her shirt over her head, then unfastened her bra. Her breasts spilled out into his hands. "Oh, baby," he muttered, his voice suddenly thick. "You have great tits. The best." He pulled a nipple into his mouth while he squeezed and rubbed them. "Say yes, baby."

Julie's head fell back. She wanted to, she really did. It felt so good. Much better than...than anything. She shuddered and curled her fingers into his hair. Besides, it wouldn't be fair to him if she said no now. After all, it was a proven fact boys needed sex more than girls. Starting this way and not finishing, hurt them. She'd even heard that if it happened too often, their penises would go numb and eventually fall off.

And all because she wouldn't go through with what she had started.

That would be awful. She would hate for that to happen to Ryan. Or any guy.

"You're so beautiful, babe. So sexy. I love you. I really do."

She drew away from him so she could gaze into his dark eyes. "You do?" she whispered. "You love me?"

"Sure, baby. I do. I love you so much. I can't bear not to touch you. Let me in, Julie Cooper." He moved a hand to the waistband of her shorts, unfastened the snap and slipped his hand inside. "Let me in."

As his fingers brushed against her sex, she grabbed his shoulders, a low moan escaping her. She lifted her hips slightly so he could get his hand deeper between her legs, even as a part of her recoiled at her own behavior.

You're the devil's own, Julie Cooper. A Jezebel and a sinner.

Her father's voice, his words, ones she had heard hundreds of times before, popped into her head. Cold washed over her, and she squeezed her eyes tight shut, trying to force her father out of her head.

Ryan loved her. That made it okay. It did.

She locked her thighs around his hand, her eyelids fluttering shut, tingling sensations rocketing through her. It felt so good. So incredibly good. Anything that felt so good couldn't be wrong, no matter what her father said.

"Julie!" Someone rapped against the fogged window.

"Is that you in there?" "Get your ass out here!" another voice called. "If you miss your curfew -- "

"Your dad's going to kill you!"

Julie's eyes snapped open. Andie. And Raven. They'd found her.

Dear God...her curfew.

She struggled to free herself, but Ryan locked his free arm around her waist, pinning her on his lap, his hand still between her legs. "Get lost," he called. "We're busy."

"Julie!" Andie shouted, pounding on the window again.

"Are you nuts? Do you want to be grounded for the entire summer?"

Julie froze. Even one minute past her nine o'clock curfew would be met with severe punishment. An image of what her summer would be like passed before her eyes. No friends. No movies or parties or swimming. Hours spent on her knees studying the Scriptures and praying for forgiveness.

Her father at the pulpit, delivering his sermon, pointing at her, singling her out, calling her what she was.


She made a sound of terror. Her dad would do it, too. All of it. Without hesitation.

And if he had even one hint of what she had been up to, he would do worse, the way he always threatened. Send her away. Separate her from Andie and Raven. Send her to a place where she would have no one. She couldn't bear to be alone like that again, the way she had been before Andie and Raven had become her friends.

Julie wiggled free of Ryan's grasp. "I'm coming," she called, scrambling around for her bra and shirt, yanking them on, then refastening her shorts. She found her hair band and pulled her long, wavy blond hair back into a high ponytail, combing it with her fingers. She dipped her fingers into her shorts' pocket for her glasses, dark-rimmed, ugly things she hated and wore as little as possible. She had begged her father for contacts. He had refused, admonishing her sternly about vanity being the work of the devil, then had removed every mirror in the house save for the one in his and her mother's bathroom, which he kept locked at all times.

Glasses clutched in her hand, she looked apologetically at Ryan. "Sorry. I had a great time."

He cupped her face in his palms, his expression boyish and pleading. "Then don't go. Stay with me, babe."

Her heart turned over. He loved her. He really did. How could she leave when he --


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Shocking Pink (2 Cassettes) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel has suspense, drama and a few twists. My favorite Spindler book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very different from all of this authors writings tgat i have read thus far, however, it was a great book! The plot and overall story played out well. I couldnt put the book down at all. I highly recommend this book!
dara85 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Three girls see lights at a house that they know should be empty. The girls investigate and they observe a couple invloved in sexual games. The girls dub the participants Mr. and Mrs. X. As the girls continue to watch at night, Mrs. X is killed in one of their deadly trysts.Fifteen years later each of girls is involved with a man who seems to know a lot about Mr. and Mrs X. Could he be the mysterious Mr. X? Why is he stalking the girls?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story.. my favorite book so far by ES!
nookworm7 More than 1 year ago
The first book I read by Erica Spindler, and my favorite. The book sucks you in immediately, and you don't want to stop reading! Great suspenseful twists and turns.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was one of her best books but like some of her other ones she starts out slow then leaves it open at the much unsettled that she should have resolved. I would recommend it though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended....the characters, plot and setting flowed. You are not bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always another great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Hard to put it down.
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Lori-Jacks More than 1 year ago
Shocking Pink is my favorite ES book so far! It takes readers on a twisted, pule pounding thrill ride from page one. It was impossible to put down!
KristenH More than 1 year ago
This is the first Erica Spindler book that got me hooked into her thrillers. Very riveting and very deep and dark. What a storyline! Three girls watched a couple that were engaged in a deadly sexual secret game. Fifteen years later, for Andie, Julie and Raven, someone's after them, when they try to solve the murder of "Mrs. X" and the disappearance of "Mr. X". And sometimes, Andie doesn't know if she can trust them, even if loyalty binds them to murder. Shocking Pink has lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing.
IzzieDowns More than 1 year ago
Best book I have read all year. Edge of your seat suspense mixed with lovable rich characters. Great!
MaGicAllyGeNuisJ More than 1 year ago
Shocking Pink was a well written book. I really did enjoy this book alot. I have never read anything by this particular writer before. But I will continue to read this authors works. Shocking Pink was about three little girls who had discover adults sex game, that they should have never seen. Fifteen years later, the mystery of Mrs. X death comes back to hunt them.
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Riscero More than 1 year ago
Erica's books get you so engrossed that it's hard to put them down. Just when you think you have the plot all figured out, it changes up on you! They keep you hooked from beginning to the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Erica Spindler novels and this was one of my favorites. It had many twists and kept me wondering what was next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a creature of habit and I have certain authors I love to read so when I ran across this book just on a whim to find a new writer,boy was I surprised. Erica Spindler is a must read for anyone who loves a great murder/romance novel. Shocking Pink is one of my favorites of hers but all of them are excellent! This story is a unique story and one that has not been done repeatedly. The characters are superb and very believable and the plot will keep you reading every little chance you get.Absolutely one of my favorite books of all time as well as all her other books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A page-turner. I bought the book initially because it was one of the cheaper ones. I was going on vacation and didn't want to worry about losing it. After reading this book, I had to read all of Erica Spindler books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of suspense and horror books. I read at least one book a day. I read Shocking Pink for the first time a couple of years ago. It is still one of my favorites. I recommend it to everyone. I still reread it at least once a year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! a pager turner that i couldnt let down! it keeps you guessing and guessing with romance entaled! its an eye opener to realize who your real friends are. you also realize that things or PEOPLE arnt always what they seem! I suggest you read this one
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've just begun reading Erica Spindler, Shocking Pink being the first. I could not put this book down! Trust me, her other books are defintely going to be read by me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am new to Erica Spindler's novels, I have read one other novel of hers, All Fall Down, which was rather enjoyable. However I felt Shocking Pink was not satisfying. The first hundred or so pages were quite slow and I didn't want to finish reading. I did stick with it though and the rest of the book was more exciting. I perfer to read books that are fast-pasted, suspenseful, and chilling from beginning to end and this book just wasn't it.
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