Published by Entangled Teen
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All her life, seventeen-year-old Chessie has had recurring dreams about a little white farmhouse. Quaint? Not quite. The house is the site of the unsolved murders of Villisca, Iowa, where eight people were slaughtered in 1912. With her parents on the verge of divorce, Chessie is stuck spending the summer with her grandparents in Villisca—right across the street from the axe murder house.
She’s soon hearing voices calling out for help and begins unraveling a link between herself and the town’s bloody history. And when she falls for a cute boy harboring a big secret, the pieces fall into place as she at last discovers the truth of Villisca’s gruesome past…
I scan the drink options in the refrigerated section. Iced tea. Iced tea. Iced tea. There are too many types of iced tea. Sweetened, unsweetened. Lemon, no lemon. Green, black., mint. I grab a diet green tea with lemon. It’s Lipton. Good enough.
“You should try this,” a voice says right next to me.
A hand holds up a pink can of tea right in front of me. My gaze runs up the attached arm and into a set of smiling brown eyes staring directly into my own. It’s a guy about my age. He’s cute as hell, and for a brief a moment, I know him. We’ve met before, I’m sure of it. My eyes narrow as I try to place him. He’s tall and thin with brown hair perfectly parted to the side.
His smile instinctively leads to smile of my own. I glance down at the pink can once again.
“Earth’s Choice,” I read out loud.
“I know it sounds all hippie-like,” he says with a chuckle, “but it’s really good.”
“It’s an Iowa brand. And it’s five cents cheaper, too. You never know when an extra five cents will come in handy.”
I laugh. “Alright, I give in.” I put back the bottle of Lipton. “Guess I’m a sucker for peer pressure.”
He steps back. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to get all up in your green tea business.” He flashes a smile my way, and once again, there’s a flicker of familiarity.
“What’s your name?” I ask.
David. The common name means nothing to me in this town. Maybe we haven’t met before, maybe he just has one of those faces.
“I’m Chessie,” I say. “It was nice to meet you. Maybe I’ll see you around.”
He grins. “Yeah, I think you will.”
Rachel Rust is a YA author who loves all things mysterious, romantic, and thrilling. Her favorite stories have twisty plots, and if it’s a whodunit, she’s all about it. When not making up stories, Rachel can usually be found with her family and their two dogs — a pug and a chug (chihuahua/pug).
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