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From author Tom Leveen comes a taut, suspenseful novel about a girls abduction that leaves her best friend emotionally paralyzed, until a chance encounter points her toward the truthand a terrifying new danger.
Sixteen-year-old Pelly has a master plan. After years of therapy, medication, and even a stint in a mental hospital, shes finally ready to re-enter the world of the living. Pelly has been suffering from severe panic attacks ever since her best friend, Tara, disappeared from a mall six years ago.
And her plan seems to be working, until an unkempt girl accompanied by an older man walks into the coffee shop where she works. Pelly thinks shes seen a ghost, until the girl mouths help me on the way out, and Pelly knows shes just seen Tara.
Too shocked to do anything, Pelly helplessly watches Tara slip away again as she steels herself against a renewed spiral of crippling anxiety. But rather than being overcome by anxiety, Pelly feels more energized than she has in years. Determined to track down enough evidence to force the police to reopen Taras file, Pellys master plan takes a turn for the dangerous.
Pelly decides she cannot be shackled by her pastand the anxiety, fear, and grief that comes with itany longer if she wants to save Tara. But in seeking answers through whatever means necessary, shell come face-to-face with true evil. And not all the shackles are in her head