Aug 2, 2017

Excerpt: Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews


Hi guys! We're here on the blog today to share an excerpt of Temple Mathew's new book, Bad Girl Gone. I read over the excerpt before I did this post and I'm super excited to share it with you guys, because it captivated me and hopefully it can captivate you, too!

So without further ado, let's get on to talking about the book and the excerpt!

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Title: Bad Girl Gone
Author: Temple Mathews
Publisher: St. Martin's


Hardcover, 256 Pages
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Summary: Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea where she is or how she got there. But she soon finds out she's in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids. There's just one problem: she s not an orphan. Her parents are very much alive. She explains this to everyone, but no one will listen. After befriending a sympathetic (and handsome) boy, Echo is able to escape Middle House and rush home, only to discover it sealed off by crime scene tape and covered in the evidence of a terrible and violent crime. As Echo grapples with this world-shattering information, she spots her parents driving by and rushes to flag them down. Standing in the middle of street, waving her arms to get their attention, her parents car drives right through her. She was right. Her parents are alive but she's not. She's a ghost, just like all the other denizens of Middle House. Desperate to somehow get her life back and reconnect with her still-alive boyfriend, Echo embarks on a quest to solve her own murder. As the list of suspects grows, the quest evolves into a journey of self-discovery in which she learns she wasn't quite the girl she thought she was. In a twist of fate, she s presented with one last chance to reclaim her life and must make a decision which will either haunt her or bless her forever.

Excerpt

Awakening

When I tried to remember exactly how I came to be lying in the cold black room, my mind couldn’t focus.

I could feel myself slowly climbing upward, clawing my way out of the clutches of a nightmare. This was usually a good feeling, because you knew you were just dreaming, and the nightmare was over. Except this time it wasn’t. My hands felt clammy. I gripped the sheets until I knew my knuckles must be white. Help me, I thought. Somebody please help me.

I had no idea where I was, and for a terrifying second I couldn’t even remember who I was. But then I remembered my name. Echo. Echo Stone. My real name is Eileen. When I was a toddler, I waddled around repeating every thing my parents said and they called me “Echo,” and it just stuck.

We'd like to once again thank St. Martin's Press and author Temple Mathews for allowing us to be a part of this blog tour and for allowing us to share this excerpt here with you today! As always, putting together posts like these is so much fun. :-)

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