Mega-bestselling author Luanne Rice returns with a ripped-from-the-headlines story of a girl who is kidnapped by her friend's family. Emily Lonergan's best friend died last year.
And Emily hasn't stopped grieving. Lizzie Porter was lively, loud, and fun -- Emily's better half. Emily can't accept that she's gone.
When Lizzie's parents and her sister come back to town to visit, Emily's heartened to see them. The Porters understand her pain. They miss Lizzie desperately, too.
Desperately enough to do something crazy.
Suddenly, Emily's life is hurtling toward a very dark place -- and she's not sure she'll ever be able to return to what she once knew was real.
From New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a breathless, unputdownable story of suspense, secrets -- and the strength that love gives us to survive even the most shocking of circumstances.
About the Author
Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 34 novels, which have been translated into 24 languages. The author of Dream Country, Beach Girls, The Secret Language of Sisters, and others, Rice often writes about love, family, nature, and the sea. She received the 2014 Connecticut Governor's Arts Award for excellence and lifetime achievement in the Literary Arts category. Several of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Beach Girls for Lifetime. Rice is an avid environmentalist and advocate for families affected by domestic violence. She divides her time between New York City and Old Lyme, Connecticut. Visit her online at luannerice.net.
Praise for Pretend She's Here:
"This riveting novel will dazzle you with its suspense and twists -- and most of all its deep emotional truths." -- Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Home
"Gripping and chilling and hard to look away from." -- Lucy Christopher, author of the Printz Honor Book Stolen
"Lots of twists and turns occur leading up to the thrilling climax and denouement. The author's excellent, vivid writing style and extremely captivating plotting will immerse teens... A must-purchase for all YA collections." -- School Library Journal
"This psychological thriller studies the depths of grief... intriguing." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Reading like Emma Donoghue's Room with a YA twist, Rice's latest doesn't disappoint." -- Booklist
Praise for The Beautiful Lost: "Honest and intensely personal." -- Justine Magazine
"Fans of Nicholas Sparks will fall in love with this YA title." -- School Library Journal "A riveting examination of the ravages of depression and loss... [that] will tug at even the most jaded hearts. An author's note and resources serve as encouragement for those battling their own pain. This novel clearly demonstrates that sometimes it is only in darkness that one can see light." -- Kirkus Reviews
Praise for The Secret Language of Sisters: "Riveting and heartbreaking... a glorious affirmation." -- Lauren Myracle, bestselling author of Shine "Luanne Rice brings her trademark grace and lyricism to a suspenseful story about sisters and life-changing chances." -- Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door "A moving story, beautifully told, about art, hope, and all kinds of love. Welcome to the YA world, Luanne Rice!" -- Natalie Standiford, author of How to Say Goodbye in Robot "Raw and emotional. A novel you'll want to discuss, and one that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page." -- Tamara Ireland Stone, bestselling author of Every Last Word "Rice skillfully examines the way one mistake can shatter the lives of many." -- Publishers Weekly "Genuine and heartfelt. . . fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay. . . will find another favorite in this." -- School Library Journal "Rice, a bestselling adult author, employs alternating chapters in the sisters' voices with clarity and honesty in her YA debut." -- Booklist