Going Dark

By Melissa de la Cruz (Author)


Pub Date 1/31/2023

ISBN 9781454947646

Format Hardcover, Jacketed


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“An intense rollercoaster of a thriller and a searing indictment of which victims get our attention and sympathy.”
#1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu

In this ripped-from-the-headlines Gone Girl meets A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz weaves a white-knuckle YA thriller about a beautiful young influencer who vanishes after going on vacation with her boyfriend.


The Influencer
Amelia Ashley shares everything with her followers – her favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants, her best fashion tips, and her European trip-of-a-lifetime with her hot boyfriend.

The Boyfriend
Josh has no choice but to return home without Amelia after she abandons him in Rome. He has no clue where she went or how her blood got in his suitcase. Why won’t anyone believe him?

The Hacker
To Harper Delgado, Amelia Ashley is just another missing white girl whipping up a media frenzy. But with each digital knot she untangles about the influencer, Harper wonders: who is Amelia Ashley?

The Other Girl
Two years ago, another girl went missing, one who never made headlines or had a trending hashtag.

The Truth
Amelia’s disappearance has captured the world’s attention. What comes next? Watch this space…

Told through a mixture of social media posts, diary entries, and firsthand accounts, Going Dark is a gripping, suspenseful thriller about all the missing girls who fall off the radar, perfect for true crime fans and readers of One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus.

“[T]he book will draw readers in through its engaging storytelling and compelling characters they can’t help but care about. The novel probes questions of the types of victims who garner public sympathy and those who are overlooked. An edge-of-your-seat thriller with a deeply satisfying ending and a message that lingers.” —Kirkus Reviews

“De la Cruz combines familiar thriller beats with a socially conscious narrative to deliver a breakneck story that outpaces its ripped-from-the-headlines influences to establish its own labyrinthine twists. This timely work gratifyingly interrogates the core question of what determines whose disappearance gets taken seriously and whose gets ignored.” —Publishers Weekly

“A mix of Gone Girl and true crime, this is a twisty plot that highlights the role race, media, and fame can play in solving a crime . . . . This is a clever take that will please fans of the genre and de la Cruz’s books.” —School Library Journal

“[T]he perfect blend of ripped-from-the-headlines drama and insightful writing.” —Forbes

“[S]et to be one of the buzziest YA thrillers of early 2023.” —Paste Magazine

“This fast-paced thriller has plenty of shocking reveals and shady characters, as we follow the story of a missing influencer who seems to embody the Missing White Woman scenario, but may have been more complex than the media is interested in portraying.” —Crimereads

“Fans of true crime will love this suspense-filled story.” —Daily Mom

Going Dark is perfect for adding to your summer reads if you love to lose yourself in a young adult thriller . . . . Fans of true crime fiction will love the twists and turns of this perfect summer thriller.” —Daily Mom

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“An intense roller coaster of a thriller and a searing indictment of which victims get our attention and sympathyMelissa de la Cruz is a master of her craft—she cuts you to the quick and makes you love it.” –New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu

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Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publishers Weekly, and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost, as well as many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. Her books have also topped the USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and have been published in more than twenty countries. Today she lives in Los Angeles with her family.

Title Details

Pages 336 pages

Trim 5.5 x 8.25 x 0 Inches

Territories WENG

Category Young Adult

Age Range 14 to 18