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"Once upon a time there was a girl who was special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I killed her."

Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she's confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori's body has not been found, and Alison can't explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated--into nothing.

But that's impossible. No one is capable of making someone vanish. Right? Alison must be losing her mind--like her mother always feared she would.

For years Alison has tried to keep her weird sensory abilities a secret. No one ever understood--until a mysterious visiting scientist takes an interest in Alison's case. Suddenly, Alison discovers that the world is wrong about her--and that she's capable of far more than anyone else would believe.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 127 x 191 x 20mm | 318g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 146770914X
  • 9781467709149
  • 458,193

Review quote

In a change of pace from her Faery Hunters series, Anderson blends paranormal, science fiction, and scientific elements in an intriguing story about a teenager who is convinced that she's crazy--and a murderer--though reality is even more unpredictable. Sixteen-year-old Alison Jeffries awakens in the psych ward of a hospital, and is soon transferred to a treatment center for 'youth in crisis.' The police, meanwhile, believe Alison knows something about the disappearance of her classmate, Tori. She does. Alison had watched Tori disintegrate before her eyes, and she believes that her barely understood 'powers' are to blame. With the help of Sebastian Faraday, a mysterious neuropsychologist, Alison starts to get answers: she is a synesthete--her senses of smell, taste, sight, and hearing intertwined in surprising ways-as well as a tetrachromat, able to perceive ultraviolet light. Alison's conditions allow the author to give her some enviable abilities and use some creative descriptions (Faraday's voice tastes, to Alison, like '[d]ark chocolate, poured over velvet'). Anderson keeps readers guessing throughout with several twists, including a very unexpected divergence in the last third of the book. --Publishers Weekly-- "Journal" (8/8/2011 12:00:00 AM)
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9,288 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 27% (2,549)
4 35% (3,243)
3 26% (2,388)
2 9% (842)
1 3% (266)

Our customer reviews

When i picked up this book i was immediately attracted to the short and dramatic blurb. It was only three sentences and left me wanting to know more. I had wanted to read this book from the first time i set eyes on it and could tell it was going to be special. The book itself was unlike any i'd read before. It had a unique style that was used and had something to do with the main character Alison. The mystery of the book drew me in and as soon as i was introduced to Dr Faraday, he became one of my favourite characters. The book overall was exciting, unique and a thrilling adventure and comes with a massive twist! I recommend it to people who want to try something new and a little different.show more
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