Welcome to the strange mountain foothills town of Hawthorn, where sixteen-year-old Harper Spurling finds herself increasingly obsessed with the diary of a local 1860s pioneer girl while a serial killer runs unchecked through the area, dumping his victims into the town’s dark river. As Harper’s curiosity leads her closer and closer to the killer, she’ll have to think fast or join the killer’s growing list of victims. Because in Hawthorn, a town built on sorrow, the barrier between life and death is as fragile as an old, forgotten skull.
“Oppegaard weaves together three stories that are very different in tone and substance but make for a unique reading experience that feels fresh, entertaining and more than a little creepy . . . Fans of dark, quirky dramas with a strong sense of place will love this book.” -School Library Journal
“Oppegaard pens an intense, page-turning, often harrowing nail-biter.” –KIRKUS Reviews
Within a small number of pages, Oppegaard chronicles the hardships of a nineteenth-century pilgrimage, and contemporary life in the town of Hawthorn, against a backdrop of murder and school drama. At once deeply disturbing and life affirming, his twisting narrative is one that fans of horror, mystery, and teen drama alike will be sure to devour.