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The In-Between by Barbara Stewart
  

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This remarkable debut is a YA novel with a darkly addictive quality both in terms of Ellie’s personality and the compulsion to read on. Dealing with some shocking issues such as suicide, self-harm, paranoia and obsession, Barbara Haynes nevertheless keeps the pace quick and the characters believable; tormented Ellie struggling to cope with a recent fatal car crash, the elusive Madeline (imaginary friend or lost twin?) and the class loser Autumn (doggedly loyal against the odds). I found this a spellbinding read despite being disturbing and emotionally demanding.

Synopsis

The In-Between by Barbara Stewart

For New Adult readers -- The In-Between is an emotional, spellbinding, addictive story about friendship and obsession. Ellie Moss is moving away from her ex-best friend, away from Jackson High School and away from The Worst Year of Her Life. It will be a New Beginning, so she can become New Ellie -- the Ellie who is pretty, smart and popular. But then, a terrible car accident changes her life forever. Reeling from the shock of losing one of her parents, Ellie starts her new high school and meets a new friend. Madeline is everything that Ellie wants to be: beautiful, bold and brave. But as Madeline's influence over Ellie grows, and her life begins to spiral out of control, Ellie starts to question if she can trust her -- and, more to the point, can Ellie even trust herself? Because Ellie knows what happens when your best friend becomes your worst enemy. But what happens when your worst enemy is yourself?

Reviews

'Compelling and addictive, hands-down my favorite YA read of the year. I was in the story's grip from beginning to end, in awe of how beautifully and realistically Barbara layered Ellie's personality and how she kept me guessing and wondering until the very last page. Most of all, I cared for poor, troubled Ellie and her family. I wanted to take the journey with her all the way to the end. I wanted to see her heal'
Jennifer Brown, author of The Hate List

'Creepy and addictive, Barbara Stewart's The In-Between left me with both an acute distrust of what my eyes see, and an overwhelming fear of falling asleep. This psychological thriller definitely thrilled me'
Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate trilogy

'This debut novel delves deeply into a possibly psychotic character or, perhaps, one who may be experiencing paranormal events ... This may be Stewart's first novel, but she exhibits a practiced skill, keeping events ambiguous enough to have readers guessing throughout ... A most intriguing book and debut'
Kirkus Review (starred)

'A dark, compelling story of love, loneliness and obsession spun out of control ... chilling, heartbreaking and nerve-wracking in the best possible way. It grabbed me by the throat on page one and didn't let go until the end'
Laura Wiess, author of Such a Pretty Girl and Ordinary Beauty

'Barbara Stewart's The In-Between is terrifying, in the best possible way. Keeping all the lights on and reading in the daytime won't save you from goose bumps and shivers'
Tiffany Schmidt, author of Send Me a Sign

About the Author

Barbara Stewart earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Wichita State University. The In-Between is her first novel. She lives with her husband in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th March 2014

Author

Barbara Stewart

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

NewGen - YA Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447252702

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