ACHUKA Book of the Day 23 Feb 2024
“Albert successfully evokes adolescence’s fraught hyperreality using richly textured, authentically angsty characters and a storytelling style by turns ethereal and electric.” Publishers Weekly
“The novel is freckled with alluring metaphors and the kind of grand revelations that flow through a perceptive, open mind.” Independent
The idea for The Bad Ones began with its opening sequence, in which four unrelated people gomissing across a town in a single winter’s night. As I wrote, I realized this was a story I’ve been wanting to tell for a long time: one of two girls wrapped up in a thrilling, overwhelming friendship, navigating at different speeds that tricky liminal space between childhood and growing up—plus dangerous magic, of course.
A page-turning supernatural thriller about four mysterious disappearances in a town haunted by a sinister magical history — and one girl searching for the truth.
A game gone wrong. A missing friend. A town of buried secrets.
‘Goddess, Goddess, count to five. In the morning, who’s alive?’
One town. One night. Four people gone.
Nora’s best friend, Becca, is one of the lost. As Nora tries to piece together the truth, she uncovers dark events in her high school’s history and a string of coded messages Becca has left for her. These clues point to another missing girl thirty years previously and a sinister urban legend: a goddess figure, who played an eerie role in Nora and Becca’s own childhood games.
As Nora struggles to unravel the mystery, it’s clear there are dark forces at work in her town — and they’re willing to stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried deep.
The Bad Ones is an effortlessly creepy tale from Melissa Albert and a seasonal chiller to boot for all discerning YA readers looking for the next best horror-mystery.
— Set The Tape – Reviews & Nerdy Stuff! (@SetTheTape) February 22, 2024
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