*2016 RWA Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Honorable Mention*
YA Psychological Thriller. 67K
She loved her friends to death.
Seventeen-year-old Raine Harper doesn’t remember her party the media coined The Sweet Sixteen Massacre-the one only she survived. While under experimental treatment for PTSD, fragmented memories of the night resurface, and Raine discovers everyone lied…including her.
One year after moving halfway across the country to live with an aunt who considers Merlot a food group, Raine Harper still has no clue what happened—only that her Sweet Sixteen party turned into a massacre and she was the only survivor.
With the killer on death row, Raine’s desperate to eighty-six her PTSD and take back her life. Thanks to therapy, Raine’s symptoms decrease and she even manages to attract the attention of not one, but two totally hot guys.
But as therapy continues, Raine remembers fragments from The Sweet Sixteen Massacre that don’t coincide with the police reports. And when the people Raine confides these half-truths in turn up either missing or dead, she has to do the one thing she’s been unable to do for a year—face her demons and remember the worst night of her life. Because half-truths are still lies and what Raine doesn’t know could kill her.
THE LANGUAGE OF LIARS is a 67,000 standalone YA Psychological Thriller with series potential that switches between the present and the past—the latter presented in reverse order leading to the massacre itself. Fans of Michelle Hodkin’s The Mara Dyer trilogy and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars who enjoyed the dual timelines and thrilling twists of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places will enjoy THE LANGUAGE OF LIARS.