Hi guys!! Today I have the pleasure in helping reveal the cover of Sarah Alderson’s new YA thriller, Conspiracy Girl, which will be out next year. I also have an exclusive excerpt to share with you, if the gorgeous cover alone doesn’t get you excited for this book 😉
Isn’t it wonderful? I love it so much: the colours, the way the models are posed, how bad-ass it looks.
A little about the book:
Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.
There was only one survivor – a sixteen year-old girl.
And though the killers were caught they walked free.
Now eighteen, Nic Preston – the girl who survived – is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.
But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.
Finn Carter – hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.
Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.
To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.
And now for the exclusive excerpt:
I start tiptoeing back to my room, my heart battering wildly against my ribs, but I haven’t taken two steps before I hear the kitchen door burst open and another man shouting ‘Check upstairs!’
Footsteps stampede towards me. My bedroom is too far so I sprint in a single bound to the bathroom across the hallway. I glance around in panic – the marble bath, the small cabinet beneath the sink, the elegant arched window with the wrought iron bars beyond it. With nowhere to go I slide behind the door just as the footsteps reach the landing and come to a stop inches from where I’m hiding.
I close my eyes, anger and terror welling inside my chest, waging battle. On the other side of the door I hear the man breathing heavily through his nose. A floorboard creaks and I picture whoever it is standing there, taking in the dozen or so rooms leading off the hallway, trying to decide where to start his search. For the first time since we moved to LA and into this house, I’m grateful for the preposterously large size of it.
My legs are shaking and I force the muscles to tense and stay rigid. I stare at the back of the door willing it not to move. But it does. The man is pushing it open, slowly. I turn my head to the side, trying to flatten myself against the wall, biting my lip to stop myself screaming, but just as the door bangs against my foot and I am sure I’m about to be discovered there’s a loud blast of music from the other end of the house.
My eyes snap open in confusion. Nicki Minaj is playing at top volume. The man lets go of the door instantly and I hear his footsteps thunder down the hall just as I realise what the music signifies. Oh God. Oh God. I hear a high-pitched scream. It’s my stepsister Taylor. She was meant to be out at a party.
I hear Taylor scream again, then the sounds of a scuffle, followed by a sharp yelp. I don’t move. I can’t. I stand frozen behind the door and listen as she is dragged screaming down the hallway. I twist slightly and manage to catch a glimpse through the crack in the door.
Taylor is wearing only a towel. Her long bleached-blonde hair sticks in wet slicks to her back and she kicks her bare legs out at the man, who is holding her by the arm. He wrenches her hard, pushing her down the stairs and she flies forwards, her face hitting the wall with a crack, leaving a smear of blood that I can’t drag my eyes away from.
I think this book is going to rock, and I can’t wait to read it!
Sarah’s most recent release, Come Back to Me (an NA novel written under the pen name Mila Gray) is going to be reduced from £4.99 to £1.30 between 18th July and 1st September, so you should grab it if you haven’t read it yet (it’s awesome!). Also, I have to make time to write my reviews for Out of Control and Come Back to Me – I’ve read them both and they’re great, but life keeps getting in the way of these reviews 🙁
So yup. Read Sarah’s books. All of them. And pre-order this one.