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May 2016 Debut of the Month The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers’ heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety of central character Wylie increase, and they realise there is no-one she can trust! Wylie is in a bad place when the story starts – her mother has died in a car accident and her father, a research scientist, seems caught up in his work to the exclusion of anything else. Then Wylie’s best friend Cassie goes missing and her boyfriend appears to ask for Wylie’s help in finding her. Could Cassie’s disappearance have something to do with Wylie’s dad’s project, and is she really, creepily, a decoy? Is the target for groups for fanatics, sinister state-backed police and even weirder types, really Wylie herself? Proceeding at break-neck speed this still finds time for romance too.
From New York Times bestselling author Kimberley McCreight comes the first book in a breathtakingly brilliant new trilogy, packed with tension, romance and thrilling twists and turns. They'll get inside your head...Imagine if you could see inside the minds of everyone around you - your best friend, your boyfriend, your enemies...? Imagine how valuable you'd be...Imagine how much danger you'd be in...Imagine being an Outlier. It all starts with a text: Please Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn't heard from her one time best friend, Cassie, in over a week. Not since their last fight. But that doesn't matter. Cassie's in trouble, and it's up to Wylie to do what she does best, save her best friend from herself. This time it's different though - Cassie's texts are increasingly cryptic and scary. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie asked him to help. Trusting the super-hot boy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn't feel right, but Wylie has no choice. But as Wylie and Jasper follow Cassie's bizarre trail, Wylie has a growing sense that something is REALLY wrong. What isn't Cassie telling them? Who is she with and what do they want from her? And could finding her be just the beginning...?
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Praise for The Outliers:
A spellbinding thriller that keeps you guessing until the very last page. Sara Shepard, bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars
The Outliers is a fast-paced, emotional, and darkly compelling novel with an ending that works like a catapult. I can't wait to find out what McCreight has hidden up her sleeves! Julianna Baggott, bestselling author of Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonder and the Pure trilogy
Original and wholly addictive, The Outliers is a heart-pounding mystery that will leave readers desperate for the next book. Suzanne Young, bestselling author of The Program
McCreight's book is an edge of the seat page turner. Her ability to get at the core of what it means to be a friend, a girl, a human being in this society is at once thoughtful and dead on. Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming
McCreight keeps readers guessing as Wylie gets tangled in a web of lies, betrayal and dangerous secrets. And it is on only the beginning. NY Daily News
|Publication date:||3rd May 2016|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
Kimberly McCreight is the author of the New York Times bestseller Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for the Edgar Awards; one of CNN's Reader Favourites for 2013 and a finalist for Goodreads Best Mystery of the Year. Outliers is her YA debut; it has been optioned for film by Lionsgate, Mandeville, and Reese Witherspoon's Pacific Standard. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.More About Kimberly McCreight