Wednesday, June 01, 2016

What is Teresa Toten reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Teresa Toten, author of Beware That Girl.

Her entry begins:
Quite unusually for me, I have recently completed novels that are part or will be part of a series. The first was an ARC I was given while on tour, Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan and it’s the first book of a YA Fantasy Trilogy. The protagonist is a trained and skilled thief. Julia is deeply flawed, selfish, a tad amoral and very real. Egan’s world making is impressive but it’s her characters who include an alcoholic and a womanizing love interest who are treated with compassion and bewilderment that...[read on]
About Beware That Girl, from the publisher:
For fans of We Were Liars, The Girl on the Train, and Gone Girl, this powerful psychological thriller with multiple mysteries is set against the backdrop of the megawealthy elite of New York City. Toten delves into the mesmerizing yet dysfunctional world of those who manipulate but seem ever so charming. With its gripping pace and Hitchcockian twists, Beware That Girl will keep readers guessing until the very last line.

The Haves. The Have-Nots. Kate O’Brien appears to be a Have-Not. Her whole life has been a series of setbacks she’s had to snake her way out of—some more sinister than others. But she’s determined to change that. She’s book smart. She’s street-smart. Oh, and she’s also a masterful liar.

As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner. As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had.

When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?
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