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Gretchen McNeil with Stephanie Kuehn

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)
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Discover the true horror of social media in #murdertrending by critically-acclaimed author Gretchen McNeil Think Scream Queens meets The Hunger Games, in which seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera is wrongfully convicted and sent to a prison island where  convicts are hunted down and their deaths are streamed on social media for "spikes.” With its morbid, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and twisty, gasp-inducing mystery, this novel has already been optioned for development by television studio ABC Signature.

Welcome to the near future, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.  Can Dee  prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? 

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This dark, unique, and intelligent novel comments on the horrors of social media, and draws upon the fascination with today’s trend of murder in entertainment, such as Serial and Making a Murderer.

Gretchen McNeil is the author of I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl , the Don’t Get Mad duology, and the YA horror novels Possess, 3:59, Relic, and Ten which was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and was adapted as the Lifetime original movie Ten: Murder Island in 2017.  

Gretchen will be chatting with Stephanie Kuehn, author of the William C Morris Award winning Charm and Strange, Complicit, The Smaller Evil, Delicate Monsters, and When I Am Through With You. Booklist has praised her work as “Intelligent, compulsively readable literary fiction with a dark twist."
 

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