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"A brilliant, twisty thriller—I loved it!" —KAREN M. MCMANUS, bestselling author of One of Us is LyingFrom the author of We Were Liars, which John Green called "utterly unforgettable,"...
"A brilliant, twisty thriller—I loved it!" —KAREN M. MCMANUS, bestselling author of One of Us is LyingFrom the author of We Were Liars, which John Green called "utterly unforgettable,"...
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  • "A brilliant, twisty thriller—I loved it!" KAREN M. MCMANUS, bestselling author of One of Us is Lying
    From the author of We Were Liars, which John Green called "utterly unforgettable," comes a mind-bending, New York Times bestselling thriller told in reverse.


    "Compulsively readable." —Entertainment Weekly

    "An addictive and shocking feminist thriller." —Lena Dunham
    Imogen lives at the Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. She spends her days working out in the hotel gym and telling other guests how she was forced out of Stanford.
    But Imogen isn't really Imogen. She's Jule. And she's on the run from something. Or someone. Which means . . . where is the real Imogen?
    Rewind: Jule and Imogen are the closest of friends. Obsessed with each other, even. Imogen is an orphan, an heiress; she and Jule spend a summer together in a house on Martha's Vineyard, sharing secrets they'd never reveal to another soul.
    But that was months ago. Where is Immie now? And why is Jule using her name?

    "You will devour it." —Gayle Forman, bestselling author of If I Stay
    "Fans of E. Lockhart's We Were Liars will love this . . . and definitely won't see the ending coming." —HelloGiggles.com

    "Tangled secrets, diabolical lies and, ultimately, a mind-blowing outcome are crafted with the plotted precision we expect (and love!) from E. Lockhart." —Justine Magazine

    "Moves at a breakneck speed."Marie Claire

    "As with E. Lockhart's previous novel, the best-selling "We Were Liars," [readers] will likely finish the last page and flip right back to the beginning to search for clues they missed." —Chicago Tribune

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  • From the cover

    Begin here:


    Third week in June, 2017

    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico



    It was a bloody great hotel.

    The minibar in Jule's room stocked potato chips and four different chocolate bars. The bathtub had bubble jets. There was an endless supply of fat towels and liquid gardenia soap. In the lobby, an elderly gentleman played Gershwin on a grand piano at four each afternoon. You could get hot clay skin treatments, if you didn't mind strangers touching you. Jule's skin smelled like chlorine all day.

    The Playa Grande Resort in Baja had white curtains, white tile, white carpets, and explosions of lush white flowers. The staff members were nurselike in their white cotton garments. Jule had been alone at the hotel for nearly four weeks now. She was eighteen years old.

    This morning, she was running in the Playa Grande gym. She wore custom sea-green shoes with navy laces. She ran without music. She had been doing intervals for nearly an hour when a woman stepped onto the treadmill next to her.

    This woman was younger than thirty. Her black hair was in a tight ponytail, slicked with hair spray. She had big arms and a solid torso, light brown skin, and a dusting of powdery blush on her cheeks. Her shoes were down at the heels and spattered with old mud.

    No one else was in the gym.

    Jule slowed to a walk, figuring to leave in a minute. She liked privacy, and she was pretty much done, anyway.

    "You training?" the woman asked. She gestured at Jule's digital readout. "Like, for a marathon or something?" The accent was Mexican American. She was probably a New Yorker raised in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood.

    "I ran track in secondary school. That's all." Jule's own speech was clipped, what the British call BBC English.

    The woman gave her a penetrating look. "I like your accent," she said. "Where you from?"

    "London. St. John's Wood."

    "New York." The woman pointed to herself.

    Jule stepped off the treadmill to stretch her quads.

    "I'm here alone," the woman confided after a moment. "Got in last night. I booked this hotel at the last minute. You been here long?"

    "It's never long enough," said Jule, "at a place like this."

    "So what do you recommend? At the Playa Grande?"

    Jule didn't often talk to other hotel guests, but she saw no harm in answering. "Go on the snorkel tour," she said. "I saw a bloody huge moray eel."

    "No kidding. An eel?"

    "The guide tempted it with fish guts he had in a plastic milk jug. The eel swam out from the rocks. It must have been eight feet long. Bright green."

    The woman shivered. "I don't like eels."

    "You could skip it. If you scare easy."

    The woman laughed. "How's the food? I didn't eat yet."

    "Get the chocolate cake."

    "For breakfast?"

    "Oh, yeah. They'll bring it to you special, if you ask."

    "Good to know. You traveling alone?"

    "Listen, I'm gonna jet," said Jule, feeling the conversation had turned personal. "Cheerio." She headed for the door.

    "My dad's crazy sick," the woman said, talking to Jule's back. "I've been looking after him for a long time."

    A stab of sympathy. Jule stopped and turned.

    "Every morning and every night after work, I'm with him," the woman went on. "Now he's finally stable, and I wanted to get away so badly I didn't think about the price tag. I'm blowing a lot of cash here I shouldn't blow."

    "What's your father got?"

    "MS," said the woman. "Multiple sclerosis? And dementia. He used to be the head of our family....

About the Author-

  • E. Lockhart wrote the New York Times bestseller We Were Liars, which is also available in a deluxe edition. Her other books include Fly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and the Ruby Oliver Quartet, which includes The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends. Visit her online at emilylockhart.com, and follow @elockhart on Twitter.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from June 26, 2017
    Lockhart blends the privileged glamour of We Were Liars with a twisty, backward-running plot that’s slick with cinematic violence. Calling to mind her own The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, she offers a shrewd critique of the roles traditionally available to female characters in literature and film. This striking exploration of the nature of identity revolves around the relationship between Jule and Immie, two similar-looking orphans. Jule—a fierce physical fighter and self-taught expert at disguise—will do whatever it takes to escape her bleak past. Wealthy and charismatic Immie, by contrast, wafts pleasantly through life, living on Martha’s Vineyard while taking time off from college. Pushed into Immie’s privileged inner circle via a case of mistaken identity, Jule is swept into an intense friendship—and a series of events that play intentional tribute to Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, among other literary precedents. A bracing pace, a slew of far-flung locations, and a storyline that runs mostly in reverse will keep readers on their toes, never entirely sure of what these girls are responsible for or capable of. Ages 12–up. Agent: Elizabeth Kaplan, Elizabeth Kaplan Agency.

  • AudioFile Magazine Rebecca Soler's riveting narration and the engrossing writing of E. Lockhart make for gripping listening--even if the main character of this story is unlikable. Soler renders a perfect portrait of Jule, a detached 18-year-old who is poised for fight, flight, and inventing lies about her past. Soler shows Jule's polar traits of coldness and obsessiveness, especially when it comes to her wealthy best friend, Immy. The book's structure moves backwards in time, and Soler's narration keeps listeners poised for the next revelation as the fast-paced reversed plot reveals more and more of the precipitating events and an increasingly darker picture of Jule's nature. Lockhart again proves herself the queen of twists, and Soler matches her tone to make this psychologically complex narrative even more chilling. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

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