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A Good Idea


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A taut, dark thriller from the author of Althea & Oliver.

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Cristina Moracho is the author of Althea & Oliver. She lives with her dog in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Find her on Twitter @cherielecrivain


"Sharp as a fistful of broken glass, dark and twisted as the woods at night, A Good Idea is rural noir at its creepy, literary best. --Laura Ruby, National Book Award Finalist and Printz-winning author of Bone Gap

"A Good Idea is a dark, unsettling thriller--I couldn't put it down until its haunting end. All the feel of classic noir, twisted up for a new generation." --Amanda Panitch, author of Damage Done and Never Missing, Never Found "I read this book breathlessly. Moracho has crafted an irresistible page turner." --Kate Scelsa, author of Fans of the Impossible Life "A Good Idea is a harrowing and beautifully crafted thriller about how far we're willing to go for the people we love--whether or not they deserve it. Cristina Moracho has talent to burn." --Sarah McCarry, author of About a Girl A chilling mystery set in the '90s that errs on the side of noir, this story will leave you captivated and intrigued. --Buzzfeed Lushly evocative writing sets an atmospherically dark and foreboding tone from the start, and secrets are harbored by nearly every character . . . A discomfiting, gripping mystery with plenty of sharp edges. --Kirkus Reviews

A powerful look at moral gray areas and the fluidity of forgiveness. Moracho's characters are realistically and heartbreakingly flawed, and her fast-paced, windy narrative presents new wrinkles at every turn. --Publishers Weekly Moracho's setting, a sleepy coastal town swathed in superstition and sea, shines. Edgy, atmospheric, and sometimes steamy, this is a thoughtful portrait of grief and an engaging examination of the risks we take for the ones we love. --Booklist The writing is richly noir, and the characters are engaging. Teens who like mysteries, twisted and dark, and those who like secrets all around will enjoy this thriller. --VOYA [A] subtle look into the dark places that minds, particularly those of teenagers on the brink of adulthood, can go and the different factors that can drive them there . . . Well-written. --School Library Journal Cristina Moracho's writing is "Standout." --Time Magazine "Gut-wrenching." --People "Mesmerizing." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Unforgettable." --Sarah McCarry, author of About a Girl "Painfully real."--School Library Journal, starred review "Penetratingly smart." --Jim Shepard, author of Project X and You Think That's Bad subtle look into the dark places that minds, particularly those of teenagers on the brink of adulthood, can go and the different factors that can drive them there. VERDICT While this title will appeal to mystery fans, its best audience will be older teens seeking a well-written

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