Published : Monday, September 5, 2016 | 11:21 AM
Award-winning young adult author Sherri L. Smith has a new novel: a page-turner murder mystery set in California’s City of Roses, where Jude’s best friend Maggie is found dead in a swimming pool, and she calls it murder even when the victim’s family calls it an accident.
In the process of getting closer to the truth, Jude digs the past like bones from a shallow grave. And when the secrets start turning up, Jude realizes she’s got a few skeletons of her own.
“Pasadena” is a tale of love, damage and salvation set against the sweltering backdrop of Pasadena in the summer. In her quest for who could have murdered her best friend, Jude looks at several suspects – among them a stalker so obsessed with the victim that he documents her every step with his camera, Maggie’s cancer-stricken brother who was the apple of the family’s eye, or anyone among their circle of friends.
“Jude leaves no holds barred in her laser-like determination to find the truth, and the secrets that eventually surface, in Smith’s beautifully crafted and suspenseful novel, come as a surprise,” says book reviewer Jean Westmoore.
“Sherri L. Smith probes the vulnerable underbellies of a lot of toothy sharks in this page-turning California noir,” says E. Lockhart, author of the New York Times bestseller “We Were Liars.” “‘Pasadena’ is stylish and still sad, chilling and still hopeful, open-hearted and still mysterious. Smith is an author with astonishing range and she’s a stellar storyteller.”
“Pasadena” is a 240-page hardcover published by G.P. Putnam and Sons, for ages 13 and up.