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When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike take refuge in a seemingly abandoned town called Purity Springs. The town’s inhabitants appear the next morning, and Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader who plans to make Dee his new wife.

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780738741871
Publisher: Flux
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12, Horror, Action & Adventure, Romance

When their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and Luke’s brother, Mike, seek help in the nearby town of Purity Springs. But as they walk the vacant streets, the teens make some disturbing discoveries. The seemingly deserted homes each contain a sinister book with violent instructions on disciplining children. The graveyard is full of unmarked crosses. Worst of all, there’s no way to contact the outside world. When Purity Springs’ inhabitants suddenly appear, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of Elijah Hawkins, the town’s charismatic leader who has his own plans for the three of them. Their only hope for survival is Elijah’s enigmatic son, Joseph. And his game may be just as deadly as his father’s . . .

Copyright: 2014
Page Count: 264
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Paranormal

Trisha Leaver (Cape Cod, MA) is a freelance editor and member of SCBWI. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Social Work, which she used in the social service field as a child advocate.


Lindsay Currie (Chicago, IL) graduated from Knox College and is a member of SCBWI, The American Horror Writers Association, The YA Scream Queens, and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts in 2014.

Reviews and Awards

“A straight-ahead, cover-your-ears tale of terror that grows more nihilistic and grueling by the page.” — Booklist

“A suspenseful and sporadically gory thriller.” — Publishers Weekly

“A dark, disturbing story … [Creed] pulls no punches. A fine choice for a teens who crave horror.” — School Library Journal

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