Frozen Beauty (Hardcover)
HarperTeen, 9780062330406, 368pp.
Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Everyone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out….
No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—not even her sisters, Tessa and Lilly. All they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition.
Even though everyone is quick to jump to conclusions, Tessa is certain that her sister’s killer wasn’t Boyd, the boy next door whom they’ve all loved in their own way. Still, there are too many details that don’t add up, too many secrets tucked away in the past.
But no matter how fiercely Tessa searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth that’s heartbreakingly simple.
About the Author
Lexa Hillyer is the cofounder of Glasstown Entertainment, a former YA editor, and the author of Proof of Forever and the Spindle Fire duology. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their daughter. www.lexahillyer.com
Praise For Frozen Beauty…
— Shea Ernshaw, author of The Wicked Deep
"Powerful, resonant, and achingly beautiful. Frozen Beauty is an intimate portrait of girlhood, an elegiac love song to the bond between sisters, and a sinuous mystery about the secrets they keep."
— Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Panic and Vanishing Girls
"A haunting and heartbreaking story about love, lies, sisterhood, and the sometimes chilling secrets we keep from each other... and ourselves."
— Jess Rothenberg, author of The Kingdom
"A compelling, lyrical twist and turn through sisterhood and secrecy."
— Kirkus Reviews
"The nonlinear approach works surprisingly well, and Hillyer (the Spindle Fire duology) effectively depicts the tight bond between the sisters, along with their numbness and overwhelming grief when Kit is killed. Lilly’s powerful attraction to bad boy Patrick will entice romance readers."
"Not simply a cautionary tale, the novel explores the beauty of discovery and “firsts,” and exposes the possible consequences of silencing... On par with popular adult suspense novels, Hillyer’s well-written work is a taut mystery with enough twists to keep the reader on edge until the end."
— School Library Journal
"A skillfully built and evocatively written tale of suspense."
— Publishers Weekly
"While the Malloy sisters consider themselves close, they have their secrets, and it seems as though oldest sister Kit’s have gotten her killed... an engrossing puzzle that can only be pieced together by following both girls’ accounts."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books