Three years ago, Zadie Slade kissed her best friend. A week later, Mara was dead.
But Mara’s spirit lingers after her kidnapping and murder, communicating with Zadie using her cousin’s body. So when another young girl vanishes from their tiny mining town, Zadie knows how to save her.
Zadie forces Mara to recover her fragmented memories. But when reliving her death sparks Mara’s revenge obsession and threatens to destroy both cousins, Zadie must choose: lose them both, or watch another girl die.
THE WALLS AROUND US meets BONE GAP
The sickle moon hangs in the sky like a warning.
My boots clack along the cobblestones, each footstep a death knell as I lead strangers closer to the place where my best friend’s body was discarded.
Mara’s corpse wasn’t the first to wind up in The Devil’s Domain—just the most recent. She always said one day she’d be famous, and she was right. Mara hates that her murder is fodder for amateur psychics and dark tourists. Her life reduced to nothing but her death.
Still, this is Mara’s idea.
The macabre sells, and we need money to get the hell out of Copper City.
I beckon the tour group with a curl of my finger. I’m used to the tight, murky alley, and I know where the trash cans lurk and the stones divot and crack. The visitors stumble and squeal. Most of the pack smells like they’ve had a few drinks. For them, Mara’s murder is a spectacle, a campy photo-op. They are little more than ghouls.
We reach the back entrance of the old saloon. The sightseers gather behind me, and I wait for their whispers to fade. When all is silent, I remove the heavy iron key from my skirt pocket and raise it like a talisman.