She’s broken with guilt.
He harbors a chilling past.
It’s safer if they keep their distance…
But, the echoes that linger connect them.
Returning to Hidden Pines is the last thing Allie Collins wants. The family cabin where she spent her youthful summers now holds a dark memory that haunts her.
While struggling to forget her past, Allie runs into Damien, a local rebel with secrets of his own. She is not sure she can trust him, and yet, she finds herself drawn to Damien for reasons she can’t explain.
By the time Allie unearths the secrets of Damien’s past, she realizes just how intricately they are connected. Now, she is caught in a dangerous battle that threatens her life and those she loves.
“I’m afraid of how the water feels when it swallows you whole. It doesn’t care who you are, or who you love. I’m afraid to sleep, to dream . . . to remember over and over again why I know how that feels.” ~ Allie Collins, age 17
“Go. Hide. Don’t say a word. And no matter what happens, don’t come upstairs.” ~ Damien Michaels, age 20
“When someone you care about is being threatened, the choice is simple. The action itself is instinctive.” His eyes met mine. “And obviously, you’re worth it.” ~ Aaron Jackson, 19
A gunshot echoed through the cabin.
“No!” I screamed. I threw my hands over my mouth, but it was too late. I could hear footsteps hurrying to the stairwell door.
I bolted across the room, stepping inside a small bedroom. Cardboard boxes were scattered throughout the room, disheveled and disorganized.
There was nowhere to go. I tripped my way to the corner of the room, stubbing my toe and ignoring the throbbing pain.
I could hear the heavy footsteps descending the stairs. Falling against the corner wall, I buried my head behind a large, unopened box. I crouched low, too afraid to even peek around the corner.
A set of footsteps entered the room, pausing by the entryway.
My hand clamped back over my mouth, muffling my breaths and the scream that threatened to escape. I wished I could quiet the pounding in my chest that was sure to give me away.
“We know you’re here. Come on out now, and maybe we won’t kill you.”
I didn’t move an inch, despite the painful cramping in my thighs. I closed my eyes, leaning my sweaty forehead against the cardboard.
A swift click flooded the room with light.
“There you are!”
I tumbled backwards, jumping against the wall as a very large man stalked towards me. At the sight of me, he lowered his gun, smiling in amusement.
“Stay away from me!” I managed to squeeze out from my dry throat. My voice sounded weak and small. I barricaded myself in the corner, my eyes jumping from side to side, searching in vain for an exit.
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