The Bad Ones

The Bad Ones

By Author / Illustrator

Melissa Albert


Suspense & Thrillers

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Penguin Random House Children's




Paperback / softback




House of Hollow meets A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, The Bad Ones is a page-turning supernatural thriller about four mysterious disappearances in a town haunted by a sinister magical history - and one girl searching for the truth.

A game gone wrong.  A missing friend.  A town of buried secrets. 
'Goddess, Goddess, count to five. In the morning, who's alive?'
One town. One night. Four people gone.

Nora's best friend, Becca, is one of the lost. As Nora tries to piece together the truth, she uncovers dark events in her high school's history and a string of coded messages Becca has left for her. These clues point to another missing girl 30 years previously and a sinister urban legend: a goddess figure, who played an eerie role in Nora and Becca's own childhood games . . .

As Nora struggles to unravel the mystery, it's clear there are dark forces at work in her town - and they're willing to stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried deep.

Praise for Melissa Albert:  'I couldn't put it down' Karen M. McManus.  'Taut, haunting, and potent as a witch's brew' Krystal Sutherland.  'Every line reads like an incantation' V.E. Schwab

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