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"Beyond good and evil, Pivot juggles archetypes until you're not sure which ball is airborne and which is still in the author's hand. A story about cracking free of your intended role in life, as plot and depth travel at the same exceptional speed."
-Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box

"Suspenseful and delightfully disturbing (...) This is a promising beginning to the Jack Harper trilogy."

"Impressive and arresting prose drives this vivid debut. (...) Barlow's gorgeous writing will easily propel readers through the rest of the series."
-Publishers Weekly

From the age of seven, Jack Harper is raised by the leader of a mystical cult, Cyrus Harper. Through Cyrus, Jack receives a full education in all usual subjects-economics, literature, mathematics, history-as well as one unique skill useful to a person in Cyrus's position: assassination. With the help of Roland James, a man incapable of dying, Cyrus hones Jack into the perfect weapon to use against all who oppose him.

It is not long, however, before Jack discovers that Cyrus and Roland are not the only ones living in Cyrus's mansion. There, too, exists a mysterious creature in the depths of the house with supposed immortal magic. According to Roland, this creature is responsible for all the miraculous things Jack has witnessed throughout her childhood, including Roland's resurrection. The creature, potent and powerful, only weakens in the presence of Cyrus's red velvet box-a dark, enchanted tool that grants Cyrus his invincibility and ensures his reign.

Lonely and terrified by her life in the cult, under Cyrus's neverending watch, Jack desperately pursues the mysterious being. When they finally meet, her world is turned upside down, as he offers her more than she could have ever expected-the possibility of escape and her own secret, magical power.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 17.78mm | 294.84g
  • California, United States
  • English
  • 1644280531
  • 9781644280539
  • 2,671,052

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"A darkly imaginative thriller featuring plenty of sharp characters and emotional complexity."
"Horrifying yet so compelling. I enjoyed every page!"

-Brienne Dubh, Escapology Reviews

"I'm not entirely sure how I would describe this book except to say go read it! (...) I enjoyed it immensely and fully recommend."

-Diary of a Reading Addict

"Pivot is an exciting, dark, intriguing, and ultimately enjoyable book. The pacing is exciting, and the development of Jack from innocent child to indoctrinated assassin to an aware, empowered young woman is masterfully done."

-TehBen.com Book Reviews

"A brilliant blend of mystery and horror. (...) Pivot is well plotted and the author introduces twists that readers won't see coming. L.C. Barlow takes readers on a perilous journey, crafting scenes that are emotionally charged and focused and creating characters that are both complex and real."

-Readers' Favorite Book reviews (five stars)

"An engrossing read full of twisted relationships and otherworldly powers. Barlow managed the feat of giving both the characters and the world a sense of depth. The supernatural powers-Cyrus, his enemy the man with stars in his body, and the mysterious red box that gives and takes his abilities-all have a weight and history to them, a sense of rules, that intertwine with the characters relationships in a satisfying way."

-Antonio Urias, author of The Chronicles of Talis

"An intelligent, beautifully written thriller."

-Charles Baker, IndieReader
Runner-Up in the 2021 Hollywood Book Festival in Genre-Based Fiction
Winner of the 2021 New York Book Festival in Horror/Sci-Fi

Winner of the 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards in Horror

Finalist of the 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards in Cross Genre

Finalist of the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NIGBA) in Horror
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About L. C. Barlow

L.C. Barlow is a writer and professor working primarily in the field of speculative fiction. She has an MA in English and MFA in Creative Writing. Her work has been published in various journals, and her fiction has reached over sixty-five thousand readers and garnered multiple awards and praise. Barlow lives in Dallas, TX with her two cats, Smaug and Dusty.
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747 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 31% (230)
4 32% (240)
3 22% (165)
2 9% (67)
1 6% (45)
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