There were no surprises
in Gatlin County.
At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have
been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end,
there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
What People Are Saying
“A hauntingly delicious dark fantasy, a cast of fascinating characters, a rich gothic setting – this debut novel is one to watch.” - Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments
“In the Gothic tradition of Anne Rice, the authors evoke a dark, supernatural world. Give this to fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight or HBO’s “True Blood” series and they will devour this teen Gothic romance.” – School Library Journal
* Instant NYT Bestseller
* Amazon’s #1 Teen Pick for 2009 & #5 Overall Pick
* Finalist for the American Library Association Morris Debut Author Award
* Publishers Weekly Bestseller
* Optioned by Warner Brothers for a Feature Film
* Borders Original Voices Selection
* New York Public Library’s “Books for the Teen Age”