Bea's life has been a mess ever since she got kicked out of private school and sent to rehab. Now clean, Bea is starting over at Packard High School, in a city shaken from two assaults on young women. The latest victim, Willa Pressman - the one who survived - doesn't remember a thing. But Bea has a disturbing new "skill": she can see - and then draw - images from other people's minds. And when she looks at Willa, Bea is shocked by what she sketches. Bea might be the only one who knows Willa's secrets - and who can take down the killer before he strikes again.
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"Starred Review. Bea has a realistic voice that doesn't shrink from the truth about her worldnot just drugs, but sex, racism, bullying, and violence are tackled in the bookand her experiences hit home in the most genuine ways." - Publishers Weekly
"[T]eens who have burned through Lisa McMann's similarly-themed novels, such as Crash (2013), and those drawn to dark YA material in general, will eat this up, and the intriguing final lines will leave them eagerly awaiting the second title in the Bea Catcher series." - Booklist
"Urgently paced, this teen murder mystery weaves in elements of the supernatural to draw a vivid tale of suspense." - Kirkus
"Teens should be drawn in to the suspense. A compelling read that should be a welcome addition to young adult collections." - Children's Literature
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