by Lisa Amowitz
On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he's not sure whether they're real or if he's losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.
I thought it's worth mentioning that since I am a professional graphic designer, the amazing Spencer Hill Press allowed me to design my own cover. Yep--they did. And I'll never forget the immortal words of my first agent---you'll never design your own cover, you know that right? Wrong! Yeah, baby! (It should be mentioned that my second agent--the one that I will hopefully be with forever, Victoria Marini, said--why not?)
Kate Kaynak of Spencer Hill and I worked very hard on this together---there were probably about 30 rejects until we settled on this one.
The trailer started as a complete lark. Kate and her team had intended to do it with my input this summer, but we both already loved the song Lost Forever, from a band called The Guggenheim Grotto. When we got permission from their management, I just went bonkers with glee and started the trailer. I surprised myself and finished it in a single day--and next thing I knew, Kate was eager to get both the cover and trailer for the book out into the world.
I feel the mood of the trailer, though not revealing every aspect of the book, really captures Jeremy's longing for the lost girl. That longing, the deep gnawing loss, is what drives most of his actions as he struggles to overcome his own issues and unravel the mystery of Susannah's disappearance.
I'd love to know what you think of the cover, the trailer and if the book intrigues you! Thanks for joining me for the big reveal!
available in July 2013 from Spencer Hill Press
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