A strange, damaged girl lives with a family after escaping a cult in this debut YA suspense/thriller that was inspired by true events.
When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl, her mother explains that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But shortly after, Mae is wearing Jules’ clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and kissing Jules’s crush. Then things get weird.
Jules walks in on a half-dressed Mae, she’s startled to see a pentagram carved into her back. Soon white roses start turning up on the front porch, a rabid dog bites one of Jules’ sisters, and Jules’ parents, who never fight, start arguing behind closed doors.
Jules pieces clues together and discovers that Mae may be a survivor of the strange cult that has taken over a nearby town. And they will stop at nothing to get Mae back.
Daria Polatin is an award-winning playwright and TV writer, and ghostwrote two books for Alloy’s New York Times–bestselling series The Clique. As a playwright, Daria’s work has been presented internationally, including at the Kennedy Center in DC, and in New York, London, and Hong Kong. She is a founding member of The Kilroys, the advocacy group for female and trans writers, promoting gender parity on the American stage. She lives in Los Angeles.