May 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers’ heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety of central character Wylie increase, and they realise there is no-one she can trust! Wylie is in a bad place when the story starts – her mother has died in a car accident and her father, a research scientist, seems caught up in his work to the exclusion of anything else. Then Wylie’s best friend Cassie goes missing and her boyfriend appears to ask for Wylie’s help in finding her. Could Cassie’s disappearance have something to do with Wylie’s dad’s project, and is she really, creepily, a decoy? Is the target for groups for fanatics, sinister state-backed police and even weirder types, really Wylie herself? Proceeding at break-neck speed this still finds time for romance too. ~ Readers who enjoy The Outliers would also like the Slated series by Teri Terry or Broken Sky by L.A. Weatherly.
In a nutshell: gripping adventure that keeps readers tense and guessing As revealed in the first book in this spell-binding series, Wylie is one of a group of people known as Outliers, able to read people’s emotions and intentions. It’s a gift that’s already brought her into danger and in this new episode she’s even more exposed: there are creepy government agents tracking her, and she finds herself under lock and key more than once. And Wylie has other things on her mind too, like working out what really happened to her mother, apparently killed in a car crash. Wylie is a terrific central character, tough and determined, and her punchy first person narrative combined with the rising tension makes this unputdownable reading. ~ Andrea Reece