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You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone (Mass Market Paperbound)

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There have been a lot of books about dealing with the harshness of high school, mostly about the mean girls. But Kevin O'Brien's take on the subject is different in so many ways. In You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, we meet Spencer Murray, a 17 year old who is starting a new life in Seattle with his aunt, Andrea Boyle, following the loss of Spencer's parents. A new school is always hard, of course, and Spencer's managed to run afoul of the cool kids.

And to add to the stress, Andrea's met someone - Luke Shuler, acclaimed playwright - and they're really hitting it off.  Luke has a son, Damon, from his previous marriage, and Spencer and Damon are of an age, so the potential for a new friend is there. Except Damon lives with his mom, and if Spencer thought he had it bad with the cool kids, well, Damon is their preferred target.

And Spencer has a secret. It's the reason he and his aunt moved to Seattle in the first place, to get away and start fresh.

Told from multiple viewpoints, You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone captures all the uncertainty - and sometimes implacable and misplaced certainty - that every high schooler has felt. The fear, the anger, the confusion, the moments of delight, and how easy it is to get caught up in something bigger than you can handle. But it's not just about the kids. Kevin O'Brien deftly takes us through adult anxieties, hopes and fears, as we see how Andrea's new life with Luke is tangled with the baggage they both carry.

Ultimately the question is, who can you trust. At what point does honesty become a liability?

Let me warn you that once you start You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, you won't want to stop until the end. Kevin O'Brien's style is deceptively easy, the story so smooth that you don't realize how you've been sucked into this world until, like Andrea and Spencer, it's far too late. I'd recommend reading this when you have nothing else to do, because you won't want to stop until the very end. And for those of us who live here in Seattle, the fact that you know these places only heightens the suspense. Kevin O'Brien's quite the storyteller!

— Fran


No Forgiveness
Andrea Boyle moved to Seattle to give her seventeen-year-old nephew, Spencer, a fresh start after the death of his parents. Andrea has found her own new beginning with Luke, a successful playwright and father of a teenage son, Damon. The boys appear to have little in common, but in truth they share a private torment
No Remorse
When a tragedy befalls Damon, it's just the beginning of a nightmare that unfolds. But the worst is yet to come once a dark secret from Spencer's past is exposed. And when Luke is brutally attacked, both of their futures are at stake.
No Second Chance
Now it's up to Andrea to prove Spencer's innocence to the police--and to herself. Because for reasons she has revealed to no one, even Andrea can't help questioning the truth--and fearing that she may be next to pay the ultimate price
Praise for Kevin O'Brien's Tell Me You're Sorry
"If you want darkness, if you crave chills, this is the tale for you " --"Suspense Magazine"
"Terrifying." --"Mystery Scene.

About the Author

Kevin O'Brien grew up in Chicago's North Shore, but now lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is currently working on his next thriller. Readers can visit his website at kevinobrienbooks.com.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780786038817
ISBN-10: 0786038810
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Publication Date: July 26th, 2016
Pages: 544
Language: English