Hanging by a Thread
Summer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year's Fourth of July festival won't see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The media are in a frenzy predicting a third disappearance, but the town depends on tourist dollars, so the residents of Winston are trying desperately to pretend nothing's wrong.
And they're not the only ones hiding something.
Clare, a seamstress who redesigns vintage clothing, has been blessed—or perhaps cursed—with a gift: she can see people's pasts when she touches their clothes. When she stumbles across a denim jacket that once belonged to Amanda Stavros, last year's Fourth of July victim, Clare sees her perfect town begin to come apart at the seams.
In a town where appearance means everything, how deep beneath the surface will Clare dig to uncover a murderer?
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"The story's premise and even Clare's unusual fashion sense will attract readers."
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"Dark secrets, a dangerous romance, and a chilling murder mystery made Hanging By A Thread a California horror story I won't soon forget."
—Stacey Jay, Bestselling author of JULIET IMMORTAL
"A captivating read."
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Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, September 2012, ISBN: 9780375989827