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You Were Never Here,
Available wherever books are sold from HarperTeen

Cat hasn’t been to Montgomery Falls, the town her family founded, since she was twelve years old. Since the summer she discovered she could do things that no normal twelve-year-old could do. Since she had her first kiss with Riley Fraser. Since she destroyed their friendship.

Now, five years later, she’s back and Riley has disappeared.

For the last three months no one has heard from or seen Riley. And while there are all sorts of conspiracy theories about where he went, neither the police nor his parents are any closer to finding him. When Noah, Riley’s brother, asks for help in discovering what happened, Cat is torn between wanting to learn the truth and protecting the secret that she’s been guarding ever since that summer she and Riley stopped speaking.

But then a girl is discovered floating in the river, barely alive with no knowledge of who attacked her or why. With the possibility that someone out there is hunting teens, Cat must make a choice: Use her unusual ability to discover the truth and find Riley or keep running away from a power she can’t control. Only one choice will put her in a killer’s sights…


What People are Saying about You Were Never Here

Selected as a Globe 100 favourite book of 2020 by The Globe and Mail

“A page-turner of a thriller with a smart, compelling heroine.”

Kirkus Reviews

“[A] crafty, well-paced thriller. The novel’s finale is appropriately fiendish—and also unexpectedly uplifting.”

Publishers Weekly

“This smart, occult thriller is set in Peacock’s native New Brunswick, in a fading mill and college town Stephen King himself might have conjured up. The characters are well drawn, the emotional stakes are high, and the prose is clean.”

The Globe and Mail

“This novel is more than a murder mystery. It’s about self-empowerment, acceptance, and the strength to be found in female friendships.”

School Library Journal

“An expertly crafted mystery… readers will be pulled in by Kathleen Peacock’s beautiful writing style and captivating characters.”

Quill & Quire

“[A] deliciously taut thriller… Edge-of-your-seat material.”

— Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books

You Were Never Here truly is a book that has something to offer readers of any genre. It is a compelling, thought-provoking tale with winsome, well-rounded characters, perfect pacing and strong dramatic tension.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A taut, dynamic plot…engrossing and smart. Kathleen Peacock creates magic on the page”

— Sophie Jordan, NYTimes bestselling author

“A tense, creepy thriller with an engrossing Twin Peaks-ian atmosphere that sucked me in from the first page and kept me hanging on every word. I couldn’t put it down!.”

— Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten, #murdertrending, and Get Even

“Dangerous, tense, and a touch magical, Kathleen Peacock does not disappoint with her newest novel, YOU WERE NEVER HERE. It kept me turning pages late into the night, desperately trying to unravel the mysteries in Montgomery Falls.”

— Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling author of My Plain Jane and the Fallen Isles trilogy

“I loved every page of Kathleen Peacock’s sensational YOU WERE NEVER HERE. This note-perfect small town mystery with a paranormal twist comes with all the trappings: family secrets, a haunted house, abandoned tunnels, and a series of jaw-dropping twists that you don’t see coming. Deftly plotted and beautifully written, with a main character you’ll fall in love with, this is a must-read for mystery fans of all ages.”

— Tom Ryan, award-winning author of Keep This to Yourself and I Hope You’re Listening

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