By Sophie Littlefield
There isn’t a lot worthy dwelling for in Gypsum, Missouri—or Trashtown, because the wealthy young ones name the run-down local the place sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell lives. Hailey figures she’ll by no means belong—not with the preferred childrens in school, no longer with the rejects, no longer in spite of her merciless, sickly grandmother, who offers medicines out in their basement. Hailey by no means knew her lifeless mom, and he or she has no suggestion who her father used to be, yet no less than she has her four-year-old foster brother, Chub. as soon as she turns eighteen, Hailey plans to take Chub faraway from Gypsum and begin a brand new lifestyles the place nobody can locate them. But whilst a classmate is injured in gymnasium category, Hailey discovers a present for therapeutic that she by no means knew she possessed—and that she can't forget about. not just can she heal, she will carry the demise again to existence. careworn by way of her powers, Hailey searches for solutions yet unearths purely extra questions, till a mysterious customer exhibits up at Gram’s condominium, claiming to be Hailey’s aunt Prairie. There are those that will cease at not anything to maintain Hailey in Trashtown, residing out a legacy of melancholy and anguish. but if Prairie saves either Hailey and Chub from armed attackers who invade Gram’s condominium in the course of the evening, Hailey needs to come to a decision the place to put her belief. Will Prairie’s earlier, and the long-buried mystery that triggered her to depart Gypsum years past, wreck all of them? simply because as Hailey will quickly discover, their energy to heal is simply the beginning. This gripping novel from mystery author Sophie Littlefield blazes a path from small-town Missouri to the massive urban as Hailey battles an evil more than she ever imagined, whereas gaining knowledge of strengths she by no means knew she had.
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Other women did that, didn’t they? Snooped around their boyfriends’ apartments to find the velvet boxes containing bracelets and earrings, glittering tokens of love? It was so hard to know what normal was, even though she worked at it all the time. She shopped where other women shopped, dressed as well as any of them. She got her hair cut at a salon where they brought you champagne while you waited. Why not? She had plenty of money now. That hadn’t always been the case. It took six years to put herself through college, working full-time and weekends too, six years of living in a sleep-deprived, caffeine-fueled haze before she finally graduated.
They were never happier than when they could remind some poor girl of the enormous distance between her pathetic existence and life at the top of the heap. Sometimes, when Shawna and her crew came after me, I stood my ground. I stared into their overly made-up eyes and telegraphed disdain. But this wasn’t one of those days. I shuffled backward, away from Shawna and into the wide aisle between locker rows, bumping into someone behind me, tripping and nearly falling. My hand shot out to steady myself against the wall of lockers, and I was dismayed to see I’d run into a group of Morries.
He looked surprised, then wary, his eyes clouding with doubt. “I mean—I didn’t—” I started to explain, but what could I say? That I thought I was being pursued by government agents or members of the mob or, or, I had no idea who? “That’d be okay,” Sawyer said, and then I saw something I’d never seen before: his smile. It was surprising how it changed his face, making him look almost sweet. “You were comin’ to the Burger King with me, or did you forget that,” Milla spat. She refused to look at me.