The Killer's Cousin
Recently acquitted of murder, 17-year-old David goes to live with his aunt and uncle. In his attic apartment, he sees ghostly shadows at night and the hostile behavior of his 11-year-old cousin, Lily, becomes more threatening. Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Myster... read full description below.
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||Children / Young Adults
||Children / Young Adults
|Library of Congress
||Family problems, Cousins, Murder, Emotional problems, Guilt
||Young Adult Fiction
Description of this Book
After being accused and acquitted in the death of his girlfriend, seventeen-year-old David is sent to live with his aunt, uncle, and young cousin to avoid the media frenzy. But all is not well at his relativesa house. His aunt and uncle are not speaking, and twelve-year-old Lily seems intent on making Davidas life a torment. And then thereas the issue of his older cousin Kathyas mysterious death some years back. As things grow more and more tense, David starts to wonderais there something else that his family is trying to hide from?
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||" Teens will find this tautly plotted thriller, rich in complex, finely drawn characters, an absolute page-turner." <br>-- Booklist <br>" The novel's gothic flavor, compelling minor characters . . . and subtle exploration of guilt and complicity add texture to this tense psychological drama." <br>-- Publishers Weekly, starred <br>" Readers will be hard pressed to put this book down." <br>-- VOYA, starred
Nancy Werlin writes YA fiction that ranges from realistic fiction to suspense to fantasy, often breaking the boundaries between genres. Her books have gathered awards too numerous to mention, but including National Book award finalist, Edgar award winner and finalist, New York Times bestseller, L.A. Book Prize finalist, and IndieBound Top Ten. Nancy's first novel, Are You Alone on Purpose, was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start pick. Of Nancy's suspense fiction, Sarah Weinman says, Chances are, many of you haven't heard of this author. That would be a shame, because she's simply one of the best crime novelists going right now. Period. These titles are where Nancy habitually breaks genre-separation rules and include The Rules of Survival (a National Book Award finalist), The Killer's Cousin (Edgar award winner), Locked Inside (Edgar award nominee), Black Mirror (which the Washington Post called an edge-of-your seat thriller ), and Double Helix (named to multiple best-of-year book lists). Nancy's unusual fantasy fiction was inspired by the ballad Scarborough Fair and includes the loose trilogy Impossible (a New York Times bestseller), Extraordinary (featuring a rare thing in fantasy fiction: a Jewish heroine), and her personal beloved, Unthinkable. For fun, Nancy also writes and draws a graphic memoir in comics, using her Tumblr to self-publish an episode three times a week. Her favorite book in all the world is Jane Eyre. A graduate of Yale, Nancy lives near Boston, Massachusetts with her husband.