Winner of the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
Nominee for the 2017 Anthony Awards for Best Children's/YA Novel
Charity Jones is a 16-year-old engineering genius who's much-bullied for being biracial and a skeptic at her conservative school in Oak County, California. Everything changes when Charity's social worker mother brings home a sweet teen runaway named Aidan to foster for the holidays. Matched in every way, Charity and Aidan quickly fall in love. But it seems he's not the only new arrival: Charity soon finds the brutally slain corpse of her worst bully and she gets hard, haunting evidence that the killer is stalking Oak County. As she and her Skeptics Club investigate this death and others, they find at every turn the mystery only grows darker and more deadly. One thing's for certain: there's a bloody battle coming this holiday season that will change their lives -- and human history -- forever.
Will they be ready?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a strange twist in this book. I really did like it and was very original, just has me still scratching my head a bit. Charity Jones has a huge problem fitting in. She's bullied for her unpopular views but is tough enough to stand up for what she believes in. Her and a group of friends start a Skeptics Club where she can just be herself. Her mother brings home a foster child, a boy Charity's age named Aidan. He seems from another planet and will tell no one where he's from or about his family. Aidan comes to Charity's rescue a few times-showing signs of mind control which has her head spinning. She's immediately attracted to him but is somewhat frightened by things she's seen him do. Grisly attacks and a murder take place that obviously derives from something not human. Charity and her friends set out to hunt this beast before they become victims. Strange that these attacks begin right after Aidan gets there. Is there a link? Who is this guy? Well, you'll never believe me even if I put in on here-you'll have to read it for yourself!