After the death of her older sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to the hometown her mother fled thirty years ago. Violet may be new to Four Paths, New York, but she soon learns her family isn’t. They’re one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.
As a descendant of a founding family, Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations. Their special abilities guard the town from the Gray, a lifeless dimension that lures unsuspecting prey to the brutal monster trapped inside. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret and banish him from Four Paths once he graduates high school. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.
When Violet accidentally wanders into the Gray and unleashes the monster, Justin believes helping her is his last chance to prove he belongs in Four Paths. They must band together with the other descendants of the town’s founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities in order to defeat the monster... before the Gray devours them all.
Born in New York City but raised in Japan and Hong Kong, Christine Lynn Herman subscribes to the firm philosophy that home is where her books are. She returned to the United States for college, where she traded out a subtropical climate for harsh, snowy winters and an Honors English degree at the University of Rochester. Currently, Christine and her books reside in Brooklyn, along with her partner and their extremely spoiled cat.
Her debut novel, The Devouring Gray, will be released by Disney Hyperion in 2019, with a sequel to come the following year.