Two tragedies—and something far stranger—unite two teens.
Six months ago, a violent event in their home claimed the lives of 16-year-old Kennedy Jones’ family. Now she’s staying with her well-meaning uncle and trying to come to terms with what happened on that terrible night. She finds solace in the work of her beloved older brother, Elliot, who used an array of electronics to search for extraterrestrial intelligence. When the program registers a strange signal, she leaves a message on the SETI forums, which eventually leads her to Nolan Chandler, whose older brother, Liam, disappeared while walking his dog at a family picnic two years ago. His parents started a nonprofit that helps find missing children and are consumed with finding Liam; Nolan feels like a ghost in his own home. Nolan has been hunting for evidence of paranormal activity after glimpsing Liam while in the throes of a flu-induced fever dream, and when he picks up an unusual signal in Liam’s room with his EMF reader, it leads him to Kennedy’s message. Eventually, Nolan and Kennedy uncover the sad truth about the horrible events that indelibly shaped their lives. Their search for answers and the bond that forms between them is riveting, and Miranda’s (Fragments of the Lost, 2017, etc.) exploration of how grief transforms us is realistic and sensitively drawn. All main characters are presumed white.
Eerie and emotionally resonant. (Suspense. 12-18)