Friday, August 3, 2018

#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil ~ Spotlight

Discover the true horror of social media in
by critically-acclaimed author Gretchen McNeil

 “#murdertrending is a slick, sharp, darkly comedic thrill ride. #AMustRead.”—Lamar Giles, Edgar Award Nominated author of Fake I.D.

“A campy ride through an all-too-familiar and twisted world that will keep you guessing.”—Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species

Scream Queens meets The Hunger Games in #MURDERTRENDING (On Sale 8/8/18) by Gretchen McNeil. In this gruesome young adult novel, seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera is wrongfully convicted and sent to a prison island where government-sanctioned killers hunt down convicts and stream their deaths on social media for "spikes.” With its morbid, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and twisty, gasp-inducing mystery, this novel has already been optioned for development by television studio ABC Signature.

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0. 

When Dee wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman's cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

This dark, unique, and intelligent novel comments on the horrors of social media, and draws upon the fascination with today’s trend of murder in entertainment,
such as Serial and Making a Murderer.

GRETCHEN McNEIL is the author of I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl and the Don’t Get Mad duology, as well as the YA horror novels Possess, 3:59Relic, and Ten which was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and was adapted as the Lifetime original movie Ten: Murder Island in 2017.  You can find her online at, on Instagram @Gretchen_McNeil, and on Twitter @GretchenMcNeil.

by Gretchen McNeil | Freeform | On Sale August 8, 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 9781368010023 | $17.99 | $18.99 Can. | 352 pages | Ages 14 and Up

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