The Lonely Dead (Hardcover)

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Wouldn't it be easier to catch a killer if we could just talk to the dead and ask who killed them? For Adele, this seems to be the case when she stumbles upon the fresh grave of her former best friend Tori, but things aren't so easy as all that, as Adele has been denying that she can see and talk to the dead for years, having been convinced by her grandfather that she's merely schizophrenic. To make matters worse, Tori doesn't believe she's really dead. Oh, and the real nail in the coffin? Having just had a blowout fight at Tori's house party last weekend, everyone at school thinks Adele killed her. A mystery page turner with a paranormal twist. — Hanna Yost


A killer is on the loose, and only one girl has the power to find him. But in this genre-bending YA thriller, she must first manage to avoid becoming a target herself.

For Adele, the dead aren’t really dead. She can see them and even talk to them. But she’s spent years denying her gift. When she encounters her ex-best friend Tori in the woods and then realizes that Tori is actually dead in a shallow grave—that gift turns into a curse. Without an alibi, Adele becomes the prime suspect in Tori’s murder. She must work with Tori’s ghost to find the real killer. But what if the killer finds Adele first?

In The Lonely Dead, master mystery writer April Henry adds a chilling paranormal twist to this incredibly suspenseful young adult novel.

Christy Ottaviano Books

About the Author

April Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels Girl, Stolen; The Girl I Used to Be, which was nominated for an Edgar Award; The Night She Disappeared; and Body in the Woods and Blood Will Tell, Books One and Two in the Point Last Seen series. She lives in Oregon.

Praise For…

"Henry’s latest offering is taut and suspenseful, with a hint of the supernatural. Her clear, lucid prose and well-paced action scenes make for a fast, accessible read with high appeal for both the middle- and high-school crowd. Hand to anyone in search of a page-turner."--Booklist

"Henry delivers a compelling thriller that weaves supernatural elements into a topical tapestry of loss, betrayal, and family drama. A thriller that manages to be both creepy and fun."--Kirkus Reviews

"The book is fairly fast-paced and set up quite a few people who could have committed the murder . . . A great addition to libraries looking for more murder mystery for teens."--School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250157577
ISBN-10: 1250157579
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: January 29th, 2019
Pages: 240
Language: English
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