What would you do if your best friend died? What if she'd betrayed you hours earlier?
Emma's nights are haunted by the twisted sight of her friend's body in Stone Lake. Others in the sleepy town of Camber slap an accident label on the death and call it a day. Emma can't. It hurts too much to leave it alone.
Proving the drowning was murder isn't easy. The sheriff stonewalls her, her friends want her to leave it alone, and her parents are too busy bickering to worry over much else.
Cole's mistrust for corporations and government hasn't made him many friends in town, but his willingness to believe Emma makes him her strongest ally. Together they'll dig into the town's past—and their own—to get to the truth.
Even if it brings more danger to their doorsteps.
Mueller’s (Prom House) fast-paced murder mystery follows 17-year-old Emma as she unravels a string of inexplicable deaths in her small town. When Emma’s best friend Becca drowns in Camber’s Stone Lake, her passing is written off as another occurrence in a long line of the town’s supposedly accidental deaths. Heartbroken and reeling from a fight the pair had just before Becca was found dead, Emma becomes convinced she was murdered. But the local sheriff disregards her pleas to reopen the case, her grieving friends beg her to move on, and her bickering parents ignore her entirely. The only person who agrees to help Emma investigate on her own is unpopular classmate Cole, whose belief that something more sinister is afoot in Camber is exactly what Emma needs to crack the case. Emma’s unexpected, budding attraction for him complicates matters, however, especially when trying to balance a dangerous inquiry in which no one can be trusted, and as the death toll rises, the duo fears their own time may run out before they can unmask the killer. Mueller’s winding thriller features a take-charge heroine whose righteous anger, frustration, and determination are palpable. Most characters cue as white. Ages 14–up. (Self-published)