Published June 14th 2016 by Simon PulseThis electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.
Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything...until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.
Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price. As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.
Ann Redisch Stampler
Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.
ONE (1) winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for The Book Depository, Signed HOW TO DISAPPEAR bookmarks + a Nicolette’s disguise inspired Smashbox makeup kit.
Read the Deleted Scene
In earlier drafts, there was a lot of knitting imagery: knots, tangled wool, unraveling and recreating. After a while, it became too obvious and all the in-your-face metaphors were deleted. But here’s Cat trying to explain the most disturbing aspects of her situation via yarn.
I’m telling the truth.
I’m sorry about all the blood.
If it helps, I see where I went wrong.
If I’d thought things through better, there might have been a different outcome. I might be a better person. Everybody might be singing show tunes in the shower.
But we’re stuck with what happened, all the twists and complications.
It’s like a basketful of tangled yarn from a sweater you had to unravel because you knit knots into it by mistake. But if you take that strand of yarn between your fingers, you can follow it all the way down to the place where it stops.
This is me straightening out the knotted strand.
This is me coming clean.
This is where it stops
Please believe me.
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