Genre: Thriller, Young Adult
Publication date: July 2nd 2018
Viola’s always been that girl from that family, so a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola’s secrets have followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than anyone. But then weird things start to happen.
Missing personal items.
The unsettling feeling that she’s being watched.
Viola’s never been one to give her trust easily, but she’ll need to trust in Riel if she’s going to survive her stalker. Because she’s not fighting for a new life anymore—she’s fighting to stay alive.
I tip the driver what little money I have left, grab my duffel, and step from the rickety bus. I look up at the beautiful administrative building as the bus pulls away. This time tomorrow this place won’t look so welcoming.
I lug my stuff down the short walkway, then key in the access code to open the night door.
With a gasp, I spin around.
A man dressed in all black with a hood steps toward me. “You’ve been out whoring around,” he says, his voice garbled and distorted. “I saw the video.”
Fear punches through me, but I don’t hesitate as I grip my duffel and swing out. He blocks it with his left arm, sending it bouncing across the sidewalk, and knocks me down with his right. My head hits the concrete, and I wince.
With a disoriented moan, I try to roll over. The man yanks my arm and drags me around the side of the academy and into the surrounding woods. Somewhere in the back of my mind I know I should be fighting, I know I should scream, but the dizziness unbalances me.
He releases me, and pain immediately registers in my head. With shallow, shaky breaths, I squint into the darkness and see the man standing above me, shadowed, and backlit by the moon.
As I regain my bearings, I narrow in on the academy through the trees, estimate the distance, and roll to my hands and knees.
The man pushes me back over with his shoe and presses it into my ribs.
I squirm and shove at it, gasping for air, the reality slamming into me. This is him. I wasn’t being paranoid. Someone has been following me, watching me.
Meet The Author
Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several novels including the teen spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the YA romances, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN and SHADOW OF A GIRL. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.
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