Released today: The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy...
Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.
Now Stella is seventeen, and she's over it. She's the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it's her small town's ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She's got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.
Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.
And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.
The Creeping is an appropriate title for this book because it definitely creeped me out. It really wasn't what I expected it to be either, the synopsis is sufficiently vague and the story keeps you guessing for quite awhile. Even though it's really long, it will keep you engaged until the end.
The Creeping introduces us to Stella, a teenage girl with a mysterious past... Stella was the one that came back from the woods that day when she was six while her friend Jeanie was never seen again. Stella can't remember a thing about that day and when awful things start happening in their town again, she knows that it's time once and for all for her to figure out what happened so long ago. Betrayal, friendship, new love, and shocking and gruesome discoveries await in this creepy tale by Alexandra Sirowy.
I liked this one but abducted children makes me extremely squeamish now that I'm a parent. That being said, I thought it was a good mystery/thriller and it kept me flipping pages. Definitely worth a read.