Author: Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publish Date: February 12th, 2015
“Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.
There was only one survivor - a sixteen year-old girl.
And though the killers were caught they walked free.
Now eighteen, Nic Preston - the girl who survived - is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.
But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant.
Finn Carter - hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.
Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.
To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.”
You can't help but get sucked into Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson right away. The story starts off with a bang and takes off like a rocket. Hackers, murderers, diamonds. Conspiracy Girl has everything you need for the makings of a great conspiracy... and and excellent read!
Finn is a master hacker who is not only a genius almost-FBI agent, but knows how to use his hacking skills to get the things he wants. Like say, "winning" a year's supply of Snapple! He's also the only one who can help Nic out when an old friend from the FBI delivers her to his apartment one night. It's up to Finn and Nic to figure out not only who's out I get her, but also the real reason her Mom and stepsister were killed a a few years earlier.
Nic is a strong young woman, but has been through so much that you can just see it on her. After surviving a home invasion that ended with the deaths of her mother and stepsister, Nic has led a hard life. She's developed OCD, has panic attacks and flashbacks whenever the attack is brought to mind. And now, years later, history is repeating itself on the worst possible way. The first time she was alone, a kid with no way to protect those she loved. But this time around she has Finn, even if he's the last person she ever would have thought she'd want helping her.
The mystery behind Nic's attackers is a good one and kept me intrigued. I read Conspiracy Girl in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. It was full of non-stop action with just the right amount of romance to pull you in. I highly recommend Conspiracy Girl to fans of Sarah Alderson's previous books and to anyone looking for a great action-packed thriller!
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Sarah is the author of Hunting Lila (winner of the Kingston Book Award), Losing Lila, Fated, The Sound, Out of Control and Conspiracy Girl (all Simon & Schuster).
Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home (a journey that was documented on this blog and which is shortly to be turned into a book).
After almost a year spent travelling the world, they settled in Bali where they lived for five beautiful years before the vagabonding urge became too great and they decided to embark on Can We Live Here part two. They are currently located somewhere between India, London, Canada and the US.
As well as writing young adult novels and screenplays, Sarah also writes adult fiction for Pan Macmillan (Simon & Schuster in the US) under the name Mila Gray.
Her first adult novel, Come Back To Me, was published in June 2014. The second, This One Moment, will be out in August 2015.
Sarah has co-written the Hunting Lila screenplay, which is currently in the early stages of production, and continues to blog about her life and travels.
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