Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 978-0-385-67074-6 (0-385-67074-5)
Pub Date: February 14, 2012
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Fans of Jodi Picoult, Caroline B. Cooney, and Lurlene McDaniel--teens and adults alike--will relish this thrilling emotional rollercoaster ride as a web of family secrets brought to light devastates lives on both sides of the Atlantic.
When 17-year-old Rosie's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington's disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty percent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when Rosie tells her mother's best friend, "Aunt Sarah," that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie wasn't her real mother after all. Rosie was swapped at birth with a sickly baby who was destined to die.
Devastated, Rosie decides to find her birth mother in California. But all does not go as planned. As Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonizing decision of her own, one which will be the most heart breaking and far-reaching of all.
“This is a really powerful book with one of the most amazing twists I’ve ever come across. It’s one of those books that tugs at all the heartstrings one moment, then has you grinning happily the next. Katie Dale is an author to look out for.”
—The Guardian (UK)
“It reads the way a haunted house might, with the unexpected lurking behind every door. . . . [Readers will] be hard pressed to let Rosie out of their sight until the last page is turned.”
“Readers should be drawn into the fast-paced, high-stakes narrative.”
“What starts out as a simple trip snowballs into a journey of discovery … Dale constructs an intriguing story about how families come in many forms and [how] love can be found in unexpected places. This book is sure to resonate with teens, especially those who live in nontraditional homes.”
—School Library Journal
KATIE DALE studied English literature at Sheffield University, spending a year at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, followed by a year at drama school, a national Shakespeare tour, and eight months backpacking through Southeast Asia.
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