Pretending to Be Erica (Hardcover)

By Michelle Painchaud

Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780670014972, 272pp.

Publication Date: July 21, 2015



"We Were Liars" meets "Heist Society" in a riveting debut
Seventeen-year-old Violet's entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet's father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she reappears Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle. But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor's edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and "Pretending to be Erica "is a killer debut.

About the Author

Michelle Painchaud was born in Seattle, but grew up gate-crashing parties in sugar cane fields in Hawaii. Cats and anime take up what little part of her brain isn't harassed by stories of teenagers kicking ass. This is her first novel.

She lives in San Diego, California and you can find her at http: // and on Twitter: @michelleiswordy"