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Never, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But along with hundreds of very unstable patients, it also has underground tunnels, bell towers that ring unexpectedly, and a closet that holds more than just donated clothing....When the dead husband of one of Forest's patients makes an appearance late one night, seemingly accompanied by an agent of the Devil, Forest loses all sense of reality and all sense of time. Terrified, she knows she has a part to play, and when she does so, she finds a heritage that she never expected.

With her deep knowledge of mental illness and mental institutions, Susan Vaught brings readers a fascinating and completely creepy new book intertwining the stories of three young people who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 370 pages
  • 149 x 216 x 31mm | 517g
  • Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1599907844
  • 9781599907840
  • 1,304,282

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"Vaught's gradual building of her ghost-busting team nicely juggles attitude and fright, and she excels at bringing each story to a conclusion while still driving to an overall climax. Readers not ready for full-on nightmares will eagerly check into this madhouse." --Booklist

"Vaught mines a wealth of local history and urban legends to achieve her scares . . . This is still a cinematic ghost story that requires only a dark and stormy night to complete the mood." --BCCB

"Teens looking for an eerie ghost story will want to check this one out." --School Library Journal

"An illuminating, recommended read." --Kirkus Reviews on Freaks Like Us

"Vaught deftly manipulates stereotypes of a broad array of characters-"alphabets," delinquents, parents, siblings, even FBI agents-to reveal the question that reverberates through the densely constructed novel: are we defined by how we perceive ourselves or by how others see us?" --The Horn Book Magazine on Freaks Like Us

"An original and meaningful work that provokes thought about action, consequence, redemption, and renewal." --Booklist, starred review, on Trigger
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About Susan Vaught

Susan Vaught is the author of many acclaimed books for teens including Trigger, My Big Fat Manifesto, Going Underground and most recently, Freaks Like Us. She is a practicing psychologist in Kentucky, where she lives with her family and many rescued animals.
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823 ratings
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3 29% (240)
2 16% (133)
1 7% (58)
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