Ask the Dark (Hardcover)
“Ask the Dark will keep you up all night, and its flawed, real hero will haunt your day. I wish I’d written it.” —Michael Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Gone and BZRK
Billy Zeets has a story to tell. About being a vandal and petty thief. About missing boys and an elusive killer. And about what happens if a boy who breaks all the rules is the only person who can piece together the truth.
Gripping and powerful, this masterful debut novel comes to vivid life through the unique voice of a hero as unlikely as he is unforgettable.
“Ask the Dark is absolutely remarkable. Readers will line up for this one.”—Michael Cart, past president of YALSA and ALAN
About the Author
"Flawed but observant and courageous, Billy and his taut storytelling will engage readers of all stripes."
"Turner does a superlative job of developing the distinct and sonorous voice of a troubled teen. Teen fans of suspense, atypical protagonists, and thrillers will be engaged by this unique novel."
"Turner's debut exerts a strong pull, and Billy's is a real struggle with real consequences...a compelling, offbeat tale."
"Knowing from the first page that Billy survives his ordeal in no way detracts from the tension of his tale, and the gruesomeness of the murders...is harrowing...Billy’s closing remarks on the terror he’ll keep buried inside forever suggest that the Zeets’ turnaround has come at a high price."
At her parents’ wit’s end, 15 year old Wren is sent away to a last-chance desert survival camp due to her out-of-control weed-smoking, alcoholic bingeing, petty thievery and lying. The camp counselors (“jailers”) use tough love, directness and surprising storytelling-therapy to try to straighten out the wayward teens in the camp. Wren bristles at everyone who tries to help her, and her hard won survival skills – finding water, making fire – coupled with her own breakdown and realization that she was heading down the extreme wrong path is painful with hidden truths. The quest to find oneself in the desert is just the beginning of Wren’s story to find the correct path in life, once home. This book will resonate with both wayward teens, perhaps exploring the darker side of their misdeeds, as well as a teen looking for an adventurous read. - Maureen