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What the Valley Knows

Heather Christie


Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy.

When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football team’s hero, Wade Thornton–a nice guy with a bad drinking habit–longtime friendships are threatened and a popular cheerleader tries to turn the school against Molly.

The young couple’s future is shattered when Wade, drunk, wrecks his truck and Molly is thrown through the windshield. She wakes from a coma to find her beauty marred and her memory full of holes. As she struggles to heal, she becomes sure that something terrible happened before the accident. And there is somebody in the valley who doesn’t want her to remember.

Directed by
Dan Baker

Produced by
Film 14


A debut novel mixes high school drama, teen romance, and a strong thread of mystery and thriller . . . With strong prose and pacing, the pages turn quickly and easily . . . the central characters' story has plenty to make it worthwhile, and many readers are sure to feel at home with this intriguing book . . . A taut, compelling family tale.

Kirkus Reviews

A drama to pull at your heartstrings. Verdict: WHAT THE VALLEY KNOWS manages to straddle the line between YA and adult fiction in such a way that both categories of readers will appreciate the richness and high drama of the story.


Heather Christie's WHAT THE VALLEY KNOWS is pulsating, a story with unique and compelling characters and a setting that comes out vividly. The writing is stellar and is a whole delight in itself, and readers will find themselves reading rapaciously from one page to the next fascinating page. The characters are beautifully imagined and well-crafted, immersed in a conflict that escalates quickly, and ends in a satisfying denouement.

Readers' Favorites (5 stars)

WHAT THE VALLEY KNOWS is a beautiful 'coming-of-age' novel that draws you in from the very first page. It's a perfect blend of drama, suspense, and romance. You're gripping the edge of your seat one moment, whist dissolving into puddles of emotion, the next. A super read!

Sally Ford-Whiley, Book Blogger at Books, Cups, and Candles

Heather Christie

Heather Christie grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, at age seventeen, took off for New York City in hopes of becoming a movie star. Flash forward several decades, a couple degrees, a bunch of cats, two kids and one husband later, she’s back in Pennsylvania writing her heart out and chasing dreams again. She loves to read, run, drink tea, and make Sunday dinner.