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The instant New York Times bestseller! Hot on the heels of The Twin, the undisputed queen of YA thrillers is back with a scary and suspenseful read about a summer camp filled with dark...
The instant New York Times bestseller! Hot on the heels of The Twin, the undisputed queen of YA thrillers is back with a scary and suspenseful read about a summer camp filled with dark...
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  • The instant New York Times bestseller!
     
    Hot on the heels of The Twin, the undisputed queen of YA thrillers is back with a scary and suspenseful read about a summer camp filled with dark secrets.
    Esme and Kayla once were campers at Camp Pine Lake. Now they’re back as counselors-in-training. Esme loves the little girls in her cabin and thinks it’s funny how scared they are of everything—the woods, the bugs, the boys...even swimming in the lake. It reminds her of how she and Kayla used to be. Before...
    Because Esme and Kayla did something terrible when they were campers. Something they’ve kept a secret all these years. They vow that this summer will be awesome. Two months of sun, s’mores, and flirting with the cute boy counselors. But then they get a message:
    THE LAKE NEVER FORGETS.
    The secret they’ve kept buried for so many years is about to resurface.
     
    “[T]he strong buildup…leads to a shockingly satisfying finale. An eerie thriller reminiscent of summer horror movies that will keep readers on edge.”—Kirkus
    "Pays homage to classic summer camp slasher films...horror fans will likely appreciate this paranoia-fueled tale."—Publishers Weekly

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    We’re returning to camp, to new friendships, to songs and s’mores around the campfire . . . and to the scene of our crime. 

    I lean between the front seats to get a better look out the windshield. “There it is,” I say as we drive under the large camp pine lake sign. It’s exactly as I remember it, the name carved into the wood. 

    Glancing down, I trace one finger across identical bold lettering on the pamphlet I received earlier this year. Kayla and I both got letters asking us to consider becoming counselors-in-training. 

    We’re back. 

    My best friend of fifteen years glances at me as the cab crawls to a stop. She pouts her glossy lips, which makes her eyebrows pull together. “Does it seem, I don’t know, smaller to you?” 

    “Everything seems bigger when you’re a kid, Kayla,” I remind her. The last time we were here was nine years ago. 

    Compared to the other camps nearby, which really aren’t that near, we’re the smallest. But the best. Camp Pine Lake takes girls and boys ages seven to ten. Kayla and I spent two epic summers here when we were seven and eight. 

    We didn’t come back when we were nine or ten. 

    We didn’t dare. 

    But we’re seventeen now. It’s time. 

    Kayla squeals as she opens the cab door. “Yes! This summer is going to be amazing.” She winks at me. “We can even stay up late this time.” 

    “We stayed up late when we were campers.” 

    The very second I open the other passenger door and we lose the AC, I feel like I’m going to melt. At least our uniforms are shorts and T-shirts. Texas summers can be brutal. I forgot how insane the heat is. 

    “Yeah, but this time we’re actually allowed to.” 

    Kind of. “We have to stay in the same cabin as the kids,” I remind Kayla. It feels like more of a lateral move. 

    Kayla grins. “Esme, we’ll be in our own teeny room, though. A bedroom in a bedroom. We’ll have some privacy.” Her eyes flit over the grounds. “I hope they have some cute counselors here.” 

    There’s my bestie. Kayla is boy crazy, loves pink and heels, and falls in love about every three minutes. 

    We thank the cabdriver, then pay and tip him as he removes our bags for us. 

    I lick my lips, swallowing as I take a look around. I’m really back. I feel a little ping in my stomach. I reach for Kayla’s arm as she goes to pick up her pink camo suitcase. “Kay . . . are we doing the right thing coming back?” 

    She groans. “Don’t overthink it. We’re going to be fine. Everything is going to be fine.” 

    Nodding, I pretend to agree. “We’re not kids anymore.” 

    “Exactly. No one here knew us back then, so no one knows what happened. Chillax.” 

    “Do people still say ‘chillax’?” I let go of her and smile as she glares. “All right. I’ll chillax. We’ll be fine. The last of my nerves have officially gone, I promise.” 

    What a stupid promise.

    “I did not miss the Texas heat,” she says, her shoulders slumping. 

    I wave my hand in front of my face like a lunatic. “Can air be on fire? Because I think it is. Why has no one put more research into outdoor AC? . . . Look, there they all are. The counselors and the other CITs.” 

    Kayla squeals and we drag our suitcases...

About the Author-

  • Natasha Preston is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar, The Cabin, Awake, You Will Be Mine, The Lost, and, her latest, The Twin. A UK native, she discovered her love of writing when she shared a story online—and hasn't looked back. She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer. Visit Natasha online at natashapreston.com and follow @AuthorNPreston on Twitter and @authornatashapreston on Instagram.

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