My brother was thirteen the first time he tried to kill me.
These days, Della is a loving wife, a dedicated teacher, a woman trying to do her best. She has put her past far behind her. But she hasn’t forgotten the lessons she learned.
It’s just a regular morning when Della welcomes Zoey to her English class. She treats her like any other new student: assigns her a desk, hands out the work. But then she meets Zoey’s cold, calculating eyes and freezes as terrifying memories threaten to overwhelm her.
Della knows what evil looks like when it hides behind a confident smile. Her own brother, the town’s darling, couldn’t keep his true nature hidden for ever. Della has been watching out for people like him ever since, determined to stop them before it’s too late.
When a student is viciously attacked and Della is sent a detailed account of the crime, she’s more convinced than ever that Zoey has darkness inside her.
But to make people believe her, she needs proof. Will she risk everything to get it? And without it, can she be sure she’s right?
Everybody loves you: teachers, other students, parents,… That can only mean one thing: you truely are a good girl.
Nobody believes you when you try to tell them something or warn them. You must be telling tales or being jealous. That can only mean one thing: you are not a good girl.
Are people right though? Maybe you are good on the outside, but you are really a master of deception? And in the second case, is it possible that no one is convinced because of that master in the art of shenanigans?
They did not believe you before, but you proved them wrong. What about now?
The cover is a perfect match to the heart of the story. I love it when the outside of the book and the inside form a whole.
The story is great as well as the storytelling. I felt Della’s frustrations and wanted to kick the others for giving her not more credit.
Another gem to treasure in my book jewels box. 🙂 5 stars.
Thank you, Miranda Smith and Bookouture
About the author
Miranda Smith writes psychological and domestic suspense. She is drawn to stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Before completing her first novel, she worked as a newspaper staff writer and a secondary English teacher. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and three young children.