With shades of E. Lockhart’s “We Were Liars” and Gayle Forman’s “I Was Here”, this dark and twisted mystery will be the page-turner of the year.
Everyone in Tenney’s Harbor, Maine, knows about the Garrison tragedy. How an unexplained fire ravaged their house, killing four of the five family members. But what people don’t know is who did it. All fingers point at Pearl Haskins’s father, the town drunk, who was the caretaker of the property, but she just can’t believe it. Leave it to a town of rich people to blame “the help.”
With her disgraced father now trying to find work in between booze benders, Pearl’s future doesn’t hold much more than waiting tables at the local country club, where the wealthy come to flaunt their money and spread their gossip. This year, Tristan, the last surviving Garrison, and his group of affluent and arrogant friends have made a point of sitting in Pearl’s section. Though she’s repulsed by most of them, Tristan’s quiet sadness and somber demeanor have her rethinking her judgments. Befriending the boys could mean getting closer to the truth, clearing her father’s name, and giving Tristan the closure he seems to be searching for. But it could also trap Pearl in a sinister web of secrets, lies, and betrayals that, once untangled, will leave no life unchanged . . . if it doesn’t take hers first.
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"Wow. Seriously. WOW!!!! It's not often you get a book that's an exciting, well-paced read but also full of powerful emotions and deeper meaning than you see at first on the page. RIVEN is such a book. I completely fell in love with Emily. She became so real to me. I was swept away by the darkness and magic of her story. There are so many layers to uncover in RIVEN. I highly recommend this book to all readers."James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner Series
"A whirlwind narrative about an imaginative heroine that uses fantasy to offer salvation from abuse."Kirkus Reviews
"Harris' debut is a tapestry woven of deeply personal experience and Breath-taking fantasy. Readers will be swept away by her world building, and moved by Emily's gripping journey."Michael Buckley, author of the Undertow Trilogy
Gillian French’s debut novel, “Grit”, was an Indie Next List pick, a Junior Library Guild Selection, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and ALA Booklist, was an Edgar Award Finalist, and received both a 2018 Lupine Award from the Maine Library Association, and a 2018 Maine Literary Award from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.
Her other novels include “The Door to January”, “The Lies They Tell”, and “The Missing Season” (HarperTeen, 2019). Her short fiction has placed in Writer’s Digest and Zoetrope: All Story contests, as well as appearing in such publications as Weirdbook and Creepy Campfire Stories for Grownups.
She holds a BA in English from the University of Maine. Currently, she still lives in her native state of Maine with her husband and sons, where she’s perpetually at work on her next novel.