Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she’s publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.
Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn’t know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez’s web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.
“A distinctive thriller that is most successful in its nuanced exploration of a young man’s obsession and a young woman’s journey to self-knowledge.”
“I LOVED this book. Every issue Dawn Klehr touched – struggle with identity, suspense, friendship, beginnings and endings – was so poignant and perfect … The climax was satisfying and painful, as was the ending. Put simply, this is a debut you want to read.”
–Kelsey Sutton, Author of YA novel, SOME QUIET PLACE
“The evolving relationship between Dez and Riley will hold the reader’s attention until the final credits roll.”
“The story is packed with allusions to films and directors as it tells of budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, who helps outcast Riley Frost investigate the murder of a much-loved teacher at their school… It’s a solid mystery teamed with a believable look into the minds and hearts of teens.”
–St. Paul Pioneer Press
“I liked Desmond, even while I cringed at some of his choices. I felt badly for both him AND Riley. Which is an amazing thing for an author to accomplish. The ending was great – realistic, optimistic while still having consequences. A recommended read for anyone who loves conflicted characters.”
“This book was great. I loved the writing style of this book how the scenes were written by a film director. The mystery in the book was well thought out … I suspected everyone. I want to read more from this author, and I look forward to her next book.”
“THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR was a compelling page turner. Because of the writing style, I was watching the story unfold as the characters did which really built the tension and kept me reading late into the evening. I recommend this one to thriller lovers and those who like relationship stories.”
–5 Star Review, The LibraryThing
“If you’re looking for a creepy read for fall, The Cutting Room Floor should find its way to your shelf, it is plenty creepy, and kept me well entertained.”
–(un) Conventional Bookviews
IF YOU WRONG US
Becca and Johnny become entangled after a car crash steals the lives of two people they love. Officially, the crash is an accident. But Becca and Johnny are convinced: someone did this.
As they plot revenge against the person responsible, a bond—intense, unyielding, and manic—takes hold of them. And in an unexpected turn of events, they fall for each other.
Or so they think.
In an upside-down world where decay is beautiful and love and hate become one, Becca and Johnny find themselves grappling with reality. Nothing is exactly what it seems, including what they’ve come to believe about the crash. Question is: will they learn the truth before it’s too late?
No. The question is: when they learn the truth, will they care?
“An intricate psychological page-turner that explores the darker side of vengeance and reads like Gone Girl through a teen lens.”
“…a gripping page-turner and a thought-provoking primer on the merits of revenge.” -School Library Journal
“If You Wrong Us is an intricately thought-out thriller… drawing the reader into the deepest recesses of their psyches. The truth about the car accident …is surprisingly intriguing, holding the reader captive. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read.” VOYA Teen Reviewer
“…the climactic showdown is gripping, and the path to it has plenty of grim twists and turns to hold readers’ attention.” – Publishers Weekly
“With short chapters, brisk pacing, and unexpected plot twists, If You Wrong Us should appeal to reluctant readers. The novel reads like a…teen movie thriller.” VOYA
“VERDICT: A dark (and uneven) tale of retribution that will appeal to teens…”—Melissa Kazan, Horace Mann School, NY
“Really good thriller, liked it even more than her first book. The plot is very twisty…Klehr is definitely a must read author for me now.” – Midnight Book Girl, YA Blogger
“I loved this mystery. My heart broke for Johnny and I liked Becca despite everything. The writing was great and kept me on the edge of my seat. Excellent mystery novel for the young adult crowd (or if you just like YA).” –Youth Librarian, Goodreads
“It was fantastic…There was a twist at the ending that I was not expecting. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.” –Janine, Netgalley ARC Review