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Dagger Hill is a thrilling mystery about a group of friends who are brought closer together after a plane crashes on top of them. Finished off iwth mysterious government activity and a diverse cast, Dagger Hill will keep every reader hooked! -- Brooke

— From Student Reviews

Description


Stranger Things meets One of Us Is Lying in Devon Taylor's creepy paranormal mystery about four friends who find themselves hunted by a malevolent presence in their sleepy hometown.

It knows your fear...

Summer, 1989. Four best friends—Gabe, Kimberly, Charlie, and Sonya—are preparing for their last summer together before senior year, after which they’ll all be splitting up to start college in different parts of the country. They make a promise to always find their way back to each other, no matter how far away from their sleepy Pennsylvania hometown they get.

But their plans are destroyed when a plane crashes right on top of their favorite hangout outside of town—and right on top of them.

In the catastrophic aftermath of the incident, Gabe, Sonya and Charlie are plagued by eerie visions and messages from an unknown watcher. They soon realize that the plane crash was no accident, and now they are being hunted by a sinister presence. And everyone is still searching for Kimberly, who has been missing ever since Gabe saw somebody wearing a gas mask carry her out of the woods the day the sky fell down on them...

Praise for Dagger Hill:

"A wild and satisfying romp through small town friendships, government conspiracies, bloody histories, long-kept secrets—and all of your deepest, darkest fears." —Katrina Leno, author of Horrid

"Visceral ... a jolting read in the style of Stephen King—one with plenty of 1980s nostalgia and a tender LGBTQ romance." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author


Devon Taylor, author of The Soul Keepers and The Ghost Seekers, was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. His day job consists of sneaking around the house with ninja-like stealth to avoid waking up his kids. When not writing, reading, or tediously typing out text messages with all the correct spelling and punctuation, he spends his time with his family.

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Praise for Dagger Hill:

"A wild and satisfying romp through small town friendships, government conspiracies, bloody histories, long-kept secrets—and all of your deepest, darkest fears." —Katrina Leno, author of Horrid

"Taylor (the Soul Keepers series) layers horror styles—found footage, monster, paranormal, and psychological—while switching perspectives among the Almost Nobodies and townspeople. ... Visceral descriptions (“bullets shredded into meat”) and the introduction of a shape-shifting figure lead to a jolting read in the style of Stephen King—one with plenty of 1980s nostalgia and a tender LGBTQ romance." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Soul Keepers:

"A fantastic high-stakes adventure on a ghost ship sailing forever into eternity, where every soul is (literally) worth fighting for—what's not to love? Devon Taylor weaves an endearing tale of friendship and loss with heart-stopping action and a whole lot of terrifying monsters. You'll root for Rhett and his fellow reapers through every twist and turn!" —Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch and The Girl from the Well

"This pirate thriller starts off running and doesn’t stop, but the relationships between Rhett and his new companions—all young like himself—mirror the reality of the adolescent need for acceptance in a way that transcends entertainment. Rhett may be only 17, but he matures beyond his youth as he finds purpose in the meaningfulness of his work. ... This series starter will please teens who enjoy the ghostly tales and dark sarcasm of Neil Gaiman and Ransom Riggs." —School Library Journal

"With thrilling action, lovable characters, and wildly original world-building, The Soul Keepers is an absolute delight!" —Andrew Shvarts, author of Royal Bastards

"Debut novelist Taylor has a way with words ... He presents an interesting twist on the world we know, which should appeal to teen readers looking for the fun of piracy with the spook of a good ghost story." —Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250763341
ISBN-10: 1250763347
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: August 17th, 2021
Pages: 336
Language: English