One dead body.
One explosive secret.
one reckless night leads Farris Barnett to the dead body of a
classmate, she’s as willing as everyone else to write it off as a
suicide. That is, until cryptic messages start coming in from someone
who knows the truth, and they want Farris on the case. Putting her
hacker skills to work, she begins to unravel the life of a victim who
might just have been the guiltiest of them all.
Her personal life in
turmoil, Farris turns to the only person she can trust to help her get
to the bottom of things—a friend on the verge of becoming much more.
Together, they confront a killer with a secret not even she could have
The biggest bombs, the ones that do the most damage, are the ones you never see coming.
casually stuffed in his jean pocket, like he isn’t standing fifty
feet over the crashing ocean, perched on the edge of a railing along
the pier. He isn’t looking at me, but his square chin is turned up,
his gaze on the stars just becoming visible in the sky. He’s
waiting for me to say something, or that’s what it feels like, but
there are no words for what’s churning inside me now. Just a wash
of grief and fear, mixed with a deep gratitude, all jumbled up
Charleston, so I can’t even go visit her grave. Dad’s off in
Turkey doing training exercises with his squadron, which leaves me
here, alone. Well, I glance over at Cole. Not quite alone.
hint of challenge in his voice.
admit. “But that’s the point, right?”
here for the cupcakes.”
Instead, I look down at my dark blue Converse and the black water
below. The tide is high—I’d been careful to make sure of that.
I’d done the math carefully, making sure there were no unnecessary
risks tonight. I’m not looking to kill myself, after all. Just to
push myself. To conquer the fear I’ve been holding onto for far too
long. My mother always said it was only in overcoming our fears that
we could find our true selves. I really hope she was right because at
this moment, I feel like I have no idea who I am anymore. It isn’t
just missing Ollie and Mom that’s taking its toll on me; it’s
looking down the road at college and being on my own—really on my
own—for the first time.
jump off a bridge.
had this nightmare where I’m drowning. I don’t think it’s ever
going to go away, but maybe, just maybe, this will help. Freud says
drowning in dreams is an internal struggle against yourself—a need
to break free or come clean.
mind, focusing on the feel of Cole’s hand in mine, on the small,
steady beat of his pulse that I can feel in his fingers. I let it
calm me, focusing on it until everything else feels distant.
for only a heartbeat before plunging us into the swirling darkness
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Playing With Fire (#Hacker Series Book One)
One brilliant young hacker.
recovering from her troubled past, Farris is no stranger to change. But
when the military transfers her father across the country to an
experimental aircraft squadron, settling in to a new life is the least
of her problems. As a series of apparent computer glitches threaten the
security of the fleet and the blame falls on her father, she decides to
put her computer skills to use digging up the truth. Soon she’s drawn
into the perilous world of a hacker who is determined to ground the
fleet–at any cost.
When all signs lead to someone close to her
as the mastermind, Farris will have to burn more than bridges to get to
the truth. She will have to risk her fragile new life to uncover the
identity of the cyber criminal before they can escalate from harmless
tampering… to all out murder.
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