ISBN 9781770864139 | 5.375″ x 8″ | TPB | $14.95 | Age: 13+ | 240 pp
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In the wake of her mother’s death, Lyssa Thomson flees her oppressive stepfather and heads for Halifax intent on attending university and leaving her past behind. But things don’t go as planned and with nowhere to turn she’s forced to reconnect with her estranged step brother, Aidan. After finding some discarded medication, she quickly realizes all is not as it seems, and Aidan is not the person she remembers.


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Shortlisted for 2015 CLA Young Adult Book of the Year



“Engaging and unpredictable, this thriller offers a chilling account of one teen’s encounter with a family member living with schizophrenia that is sure to spark meaningful conversations about mental health. Through convincing dialogue and well-paced scenes, Harrington captures the right balance of romance, self-discovery, and adolescent anxiety, but Twisted is best suited for older readers able to appreciate the mature, bittersweet nature of love, loss, and longing.”
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“Harrington is highly skilled in setting up a mystery, creating an atmosphere of foreboding, and building suspense.”
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“Lisa Harrington excels at creating briskly-paced, carefully-plotted narratives that are taut and filled with just the right amount of tension … ultimately, it is a chilling tale that provides a sobering look at mental illness and ample food for thought but still leaves the reader wondering.”
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“Harrington’s writing is fresh, exciting, and perfectly targeted at her young-adult audience. Her pacing is flawless, holding the readers’ interest without fail and not letting go until they reach the book’s white-knuckle end.”
The Chronicle-Herald

“If Twisted is anything beyond a young adult story of finding love and support under difficult circumstances, it’s a cautionary tale of the dangers of refusing to talk about mental illness and shaming those dealing with it.” ”
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I smell him before I see him. My heart sinks. I was hoping to be long gone by the time he resurfaced.

He leans against my bedroom door, an almost empty bottle of some kind of amber liquor in his hand. He looks sweatier and puffier than usual. His white shirt is unbuttoned at the top and stained under the arms. There are other stains. A splotch that’s brownish red, another that’s translucent, probably grease. His green tie hangs limply from his front pants pocket like a wilted plant.

I start packing faster, scooping stuff off my bed and stuffing it in the duffle bag. My hair falls forward — a curtain so I don’t have to look at him. I hear him slowly circle the perimeter of my room like an animal stalking its prey. I feel his eyes on me. My mouth goes dry. He’s going to try to stop me. I strain my ears, listening for the sound of Caroline’s car on the gravel. Nothing.

“It would kill your mother, you leaving,” he says. His words are sloppy, all running together, but I’m used to “Vince speak” and can easily translate.

“She’s already dead,” I say flatly.

“This is your home. Your place is here.”

The idea of staying, having to share the house with him … I swallow down whatever’s inching its way up my throat.

The bottle sloshes as he takes a drink. “You think that college dipshit is going to welcome you with open arms? That he’s going to be happy to see you? He’s moved on by now.”

At that moment I hear the beep-beep of Caroline’s horn. My body floods with relief. But Vince hears it too. Our eyes lock, and we both stand perfectly still. The horn sounds again, breaking the spell. He lunges toward me and grabs my arm. His breath almost blinds me. With my free hand I push hard against his chest and wrench myself free.

I catch the handle of the duffle bag as I run for the door. He comes after me, but I’m faster — his movements are slow and clumsy, like he’s wading through deep water. Once in the hall, I yank my door closed behind me and hold on tightly to the knob. My hand shaking, I slide the deadbolt across. It snaps into place with a click, trapping him inside — just as he did to me all those nights.

Bet he regrets the day he installed that lock.

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About the Author

Harrington, Lisa - is a lifelong resident of Nova Scotia and currently resides in Halifax. Her first novel, Rattled, was published to critical acclaim in 2010. (read more)

Books by the Author

Live to Tell - Lisa Harrington
ISBN 9781770862173 | 5.375" x 8" | TPB | $14.95 | Age: 13+

Winner of the 2014 OLA White Pine Award
Winner of the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature
Finalist for the 2014 SYRCA Snow Willow Award
Finalist for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Award in the Best Juvenile/YA category

When Libby Thorne wakes up in the hospital, they tell her she was in a car accident. They tell her it was her fault, and that an innocent victim is clinging to life. And they tell her that criminal charges are going to be brought against her. The problem is, Libby can remember none of it. (read more)
Twisted - Lisa Harrington
ISBN 9781770864139 | 5.375" x 8" | TPB | $14.95 | Age: 13+

Shortlisted for 2015 CLA Young Adult Book of the Year

In the wake of her mother’s death, Lyssa Thomson flees her oppressive stepfather and is forced to travel to Halifax to reconnect with her estranged step brother - who she quickly discovers is not the person she remembers. (read more)

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