YA Spotlight: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn


COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn
Originally released: June 24, 2014
Available in Paperback: March 15, 2016
St. Martin’s Griffin

NEWS FROM ST. MARTIN’S PRESS: Stephanie Kuehn has never shied away from difficult topics in her writing. Her sophomore novel, COMPLICIT, features her signature themes and an extremely shocking twist outfitting in striking and vivid prose.

Two years ago, fifteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.

But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.

Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know the truth about their past. A truth she’s kept hidden for years. A truth she’s not supposed to tell.

Trust nothing and no one as you race toward the explosive conclusion of this gripping psychological thriller from Stephanie Kuehn.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephanie Kuehn holds degrees in linguistics and sport psychology, and is currently working toward a doctorate in clinical psychology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their three children, and a joyful abundance of pets. When she’s not writing, she’s running. Or reading. Or dreaming. Based in San Francisco, CA, Stephanie Kuehn is the author of the Morris Award-winning novel CHARM & STRANGE, COMPLICIT, and DELICATE MONSTERS.


“A bright, conflicted hero struggles to free himself from the past’s tightening bonds in this corkscrew of a thriller.” — The Huffington Post

“Although readers will recognize early on that Jamie is an unreliable narrator, the extent of his self-deception when ultimately revealed is staggering — and may prompt the readers to immediately flip back to the beginning, searching for the many subtle clues that build to the shocking conclusion.” — The Horn Book Magazine

For more information about Stephanie Kuehn, visit her website, http://stephaniekuehn.com

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