The Counselors (Paperback)
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"A nervy, intense, and expertly crafted thriller that kept me hooked page after page. Dark secrets? Summer camp setting? Complex teen girls? Murder? Count me in. A simply stunning book." —Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces, You'd Be Home Now, and The Agathas
From New York Times bestselling author Jessica Goodman comes a twisty new thriller about three best friends, one elite summer camp, and the dark secrets that lead to a body in the lake.
Camp Alpine Lake is the only place where Goldie Easton feels safe.
She’s always had a special connection to the place, even before she was old enough to attend. The camp is the lifeline of Roxwood, the small town she lives in. Alpine Lake provides jobs, money and prestige to the region. Few Roxwood locals, though, get to reap the rewards of living so close to the glam summer that camp, with its five-figure tuition and rich kids who have been dumped there for eight weeks by their powerful parents. Goldie's one of them.
Even with her "townie" background, Goldie has never felt more at home at camp and now she’s back as a counselor, desperate for summer to start and her best friends, Ava and Imogen, to arrive. Because Goldie has a terrible dark secret she’s been keeping and she is more in need of the comfort than ever.
But Goldie’s not the only person at camp who has been lying. When a teen turns up dead in the lake late one night, she knows that the death couldn’t have been an accident. She also knows that Ava was at the lake that same night.
What did Ava see and what does she know? Why hasn’t she said anything to Goldie about the death? Worse—what did Ava do?
But asking questions offers no answers, only broken bonds of lifelong friendship, with hidden danger and betrayals deeper than Goldie ever imagined.
About the Author
Jessica Goodman is the New York Times bestselling author of They’ll Never Catch Us and They Wish They Were Us. The Counselors is her third novel. She is the former op-ed editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, where she won a National Magazine Award in personal service. She has also held editorial positions at Entertainment Weekly and HuffPost. Follow Jessica on twitter @jessgood and Instagram @jessicagoodman.
“[A] delicious and layered thrill ride.” —Marie Claire
“If you’re a fan of Friday the 13th or the many, many summer camp-set slashers that came in its wake, then you can’t miss The Counselors…. Sure to become one of your favorite books to read on a chilly night.” —The Nerdist
“A summer without a juicy young adult mystery from Goodman would be like going to a bonfire without s'mores.” —E! online
“[P]ositively thrilling…narrative catnip that brings readers to must-finish-this-at-all-costs-who-cares-if-it’s-2-a.m.—levels of suspense.”—Cosmopolitan.com
“Author Jessica Goodman keeps readers engaged in the thrilling mystery novel "The Counselors."
“Jessica Goodman perfectly captures the wonder of summer camp and the horrors that can lurk beneath the safest of harbors. The Counselors is an engrossing page-turner.” —Kit Frick, author of Very Bad People and I Killed Zoe Spanos
"With her bold and powerful prose, unforgettable main characters, sophisticated and nuanced plots and strikingly clever twists that leave you guessing and breathlessly turning pages, Jessica Goodman has cemented herself as an incisive and exciting must-read author on the thriller scene. An incredible talent." —Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie and The Project
"A nervy, intense, and expertly crafted thriller that kept me hooked page after page. Dark secrets? Summer camp setting? Complex teen girls? Murder? Count me in. A simply stunning book."
—Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces, You'd Be Home Now, and The Agathas
"A riveting, razor-sharp dive into female friendships, in all their dynamic and messy glory. The Counselors doesn't shy away from dark secrets, the complex nature of betrayal, and the memories that bind people together-- and tear them apart. Jessica Goodman beautifully (and brutally) encapsulates what it means to be a teenage girl. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough."
—Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of The Girls Are All So Nice Here and All Eyes On Her
“Both a gripping, fast-paced thriller set at a summer camp full of secrets and an insightful examination of female friendship, The Counselors will hook you from the beginning and keep you on the edge of your seat until its final stunning twist." —Liz Lawson, author of The Agathas and The Lucky Ones
"Atmospheric, intelligent, and interesting."—Kirkus Reviews
"A candid first-person narration alternates between past and present, interweaving summer hijinks with more serious fare, building a cast of intelligent, funny young women and a setting that offers many pleasures of the camp-thriller subgenre." —Publishers Weekly
"This well-paced mystery deftly captures the nuanced relationships between teenage girls, while class issues erupt in the small New England town." —Booklist