Genre: Mature YA
Word Count: 39,000
Cover Artist: Photo by Aleshyn Andrei
Cover design by Barbara Morgenroth
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“You tell and next time you won’t even be able to crawl away.”
Neal Marchal lived with this threat for the next eight years. When she finds her neighbor murdered, she knows who did it. The why is the secret the family has been keeping forever. The reminder to never reveal the secret is her limp.
She rebuilt her life and now Neal has everything to live for—music, performing and a growing affection for the young man who pulled her to safety.
Then Joe comes home. Neal knows Joe’s going to finish what he started 8 years ago because she told. But this time Neal vows the outcome will be different.
Typically, a young adult novel involves vampires, werewolves, witches, or sometimes all of them. I pleasantly surprise to find out that Bad Apple ignores the overused supernatural plots (though I do like to occasionally read them) as the author chose to use a more realistic plot.
The main character is teenager girl named Neal who has had a troubled life starting with the death of her when she was a small child and later with the death of her father. She stayed with her new family consisting of her step-mother, Liza Janie, who can't hold a job. Her step-brothers, Joe and Toby, did nothing but torment Neal. Her life takes an unexpected twisted turn when she finds the body of her best-friend Paul. The authorities soon announce that Paul was murdered. Who would kill Paul?