3:59

by Gretchen McNeil
Release date: September 15, 2013
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horror, young adult

Josie Byrne’s life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend, Nick, has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she’s betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can’t get worse. Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time — 3:59 a.m.

Jo’s life is everything Josie wants: She’s popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they’re just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to see a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror — Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that briefly overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo’s happy world, Josie jumps at the chance to step through the portal and switch places for a day. But Jo’s world is far from perfect... and in fact, it may even be deadly. Can Josie figure out how to get home before it’s too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had — and how they just might kill you.

updated 2013-09-15

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