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    Don’t Look Back – SB Hayes

    “‘One, two, three, four… come on, Sinead, I’m not far away.’  ‘But I cant see you, Patrick.’  ‘Five, six, seven, eight… follow my footsteps, it isn’t difficult.’ The wind is whispering through the treetops like hundreds of voices telling me their secrets. I arch my neck and see night clouds creeping in. The trees are tall and tightly spaced, which makes me confused and dizzy.” Sinead has followed her brothers footsteps since she can remember. Patrick has always been an unstable, manipulative person and now he is missing. When it becomes obvious that Patrick has left clues to his whereabouts just like he did when they were children, Sinead rushes…

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    Pretty Twisted – Gina Blaxill

    “Sunday 26 October, 10.45AM  We were shown into the police-station waiting room. MUm and Dad sat down, but I stayed on my feet. Apart from being worried, I was angry – at myself. Freya had been missing since Saturday 18th – a whole eight days, yet stupid me had delayed reporting it for a week, thinking I could play detective.”  When Jono and his girlfriend have a fight things are said that maybe were best let unsaid. He was the last one to talk to her properly and now she’s missing, he’s the first one on the suspect list. Jono enlists the help of Ros, an internet friend, to help…

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    Blink Once – Cylin Busby

    “Someone is crying. A girl. Not a pretty kind of crying, like actresses do, tears delicately streaming down a beautiful face. This is sobbing, sniffling, gasping for air. Crying hard. I have to wake up. I have to help her, whoever she is. I force my eyes open but I don’t see anyone. I see a white wall with a machine attached to it.” West wakes up in a hospital room, though he’s not completely awake. Paralysed from the chest down the people around him act like they think he’s there but its clear they aren’t always sure. He cant breathe on his own, he cant move to let them…

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    Hold On – Alan Gibbons

    “I know what I have to do. Now I’m home I mean to get justice for John. I just need to work out how to do it, how to make his killers pay. It may come as something of a surprise, but this is no whodunit, I know exactly who’s to blame for his death. I know their names. I know where to find them.” Annie and John knew each other before Annie moved to Canada for a year, not very well, but they each knew who the other was. So when chance puts their families in Florida at the same time and the two families bond its no wonder…

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    Dead Time – Anne Cassidy

    “Rose looked at the blood on her arm. She held it under her bedside light and saw pinpricks of red across her skin. She blotted them with a tissue, then watched as a shape emerged, tiny, ruby pebbles that looked like jewels and formed a raw outline of gossamer wings.” Rose and Joshua lived together for three years as brother and sister. Even though there was no actual blood bond; Rose’s mother and Joshua’s father were together, they still cared for each other. Then Rose’s mother and Joshua’s father went missing. Five years has passed, Rose and Joshua were separated but they are about to meet again.  Rose has been…

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    Hollow Pike – James Dawson

    “Lis knew she was dreaming, although this brought little comfort as the blood ran over her face. It rushed up her nostrils and caught in the back of her throat. The metallic taste chocked her, panic creeping in.” Lis London has packed up her life and moved to Hollow Pike, believing she’s safer there than in her hometown where she was being viciously bullied. Living with her sister at the edge of Pike Copse she settles in nicely, until the nightmares start again. Nightmares she has been having for a month get stronger, more vivid and scarier. She dreams of someone trying to kill her, someone chasing her through the…

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    Torn – Cat Clarke

    “A funeral without a body is like a wedding without a bride. Or a groom. Except this isn’t officially a funeral – it’s a memorial service. Instead of a coffin there’s an easel with a huge photo. She looks pretty. Hopeful, even. “ With Alice and her best friend Cass get lumbered in a cabin with Polly the social outcast, Emo kid Rae and Tara – queen bitch – they aren’t exactly happy about it. Rae isn’t too bad, she mainly just sticks her headphones in and ignores them, Polly on the other hand is weird and follows Tara like a puppy. Then there’s Tara herself, the top rank on…