Synopses & Reviews
When the truth about her past is disclosed
the effect works like gangbusters.”
New York Times Book Review
A girl's letters to her best friend reveal two lives derailed by anorexia in this haunting debut that's Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls meets The Sixth Sense.
Zoe knows she doesnt belong in a hospitalso why is she in one?
Twin Birch isnt just any hospital. Its a strange mansion populated by unnerving staff and glassy-eyed patients. Its a place for girls with serious problems; skinny, spindly girls with eating disorders who have a penchant for harming themselves.
Zoe isnt like them. And she cant figure out why she was sent here. Writing letters to her best friend Elise keep her sane, grounded in the memories of her pastbut mired in them, too. Elise never writes back.
Zoe is lost without her, unsure of how to navigate tenuous new friendships and bizarre rules without Elise by her side. But as her letters intertwine with journal entries chronicling her mysterious life at Twin Birch, another narrative unfolds. The hidden story of a complicated friendship; of the choices we make, the truths we tell others, and the lies we tell ourselves. The story of a friendship that has the potential to both saveand damage beyond repair. And Zoe finds she must confront the truth about her past once and for all, before she can finally let go.
Nora Prices debut young adult book is a heart-wrenching meditation on the bonds of friendship with a gripping psychological twist.
"A compelling psychological thriller presents a vulnerable girl on the brink of madness. Collomore builds the suspense from Annies viewpoint until readers will be flipping through the pages. . . . Gripping stuff."—Kirkus
, starred review
"Collomore's novel builds at a pitch-perfect pace, and readers will feel appropriately uncomfortable as it all unfolds. Gripping, unputdownable stuff."—Booklist
Zoe knows she doesn't belong in a hospital. So why is she in one?
Twin Birch isn't just any hospital. It's a strange mansion populated by unnerving staff and glassy-eyed patients. It's a place for girls with serious problems; spindly girls who have a penchant for harming themselves. Zoe isn't like them.
Through letters to her best friend, Elise, Zoe tries to come to terms with why she was sent to Twin Birch against her will. But Elise never writes back. Alone and trying to navigate tenuous friendships and bizarre rules, Zoe finds that the reason for Elise's silence lies in memories of their beautiful, inescapable, and sometimes suffocating friendship. A friendship that has both saved her and may still destroy her--unless she is able to confront the truth about her past once and for all.
"A psychological zinger . . . will keep readers invested to the last page."--Kirkus, starred review
Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens, especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door.
All too soon, cracks appear in Annie's seemingly perfect world. She's blamed for mistakes she doesn't remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she's always being watched. Libby, who once felt like a big sister, is suddenly cold and unforgiving. As she struggles to keep up with the demands of her new life, Annie's fear gives way to frightening hallucinations. Is she tumbling into madness, or is something sinister at play?
The Ruining is a complex ride through first love, chilling manipulation, and the terrifying depths of insanity.
About the Author
Anna Collomorea devotee of dairy products, small mammals, and thrift storesis a former book editor from New York City. Now she lives, writes, and au pairs in Paris. Find out more about Anna and THE RUINING at www.annacollomore.com.