Publication Date: 22/02/2024 ISBN: 9780241662038 Category: Tag:

The Bad Ones

Melissa Albert

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Publication Date: 22/02/2024 ISBN: 9780241662038 Category: Tag:
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Over the course of a single night, four people disappear without a trace from the same small town. The police are baffled. The townspeople are terrified. But Nora, whose best friend Becca is among the missing, is convinced that the disappearances are connected to a sinister childhood game based on a local urban legend. To play the Goddess Game, Nora would place her life in Becca’s hands and her trust in Becca’s guidance. And as she delves deeper into the mystery, Becca seems to be guiding her once again with a series of clues she left behind. But something else is guiding Nora as well, something that can take control of her body – whether she wants it to or not. – Nethmi



House of Hollow meets A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, THE BAD ONES is a page-turning supernatural thriller about four mysterious disappearances in a town haunted by a sinister magical history – and one girl searching for the truth.

‘A gripping story of friendship and the supernatural . . . Albert’s talent for YA fiction is magical and undeniable. I was sucked right into The Bad Ones from the start, and on the edge of my seat until the end.’ Independent


Goddess, Goddess, count to five. In the morning, who’s alive?

In a single winter’s night, four people vanish without a trace across a small town . . .

Nora’s best friend, Becca, is one of the lost. Determined to find her, Nora discovers a string of coded messages Becca has left. These clues point to another missing girl thirty years prior and a sinister urban legend: a goddess figure, who played an eerie role in Nora and Becca’s own childhood games . . .

As Nora unravels the mystery, it’s soon clear there are dark forces at work in her town – and they’ll stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried deep.

‘A masterful horror-thriller’ Laura Steven

‘The kind of horror that doesn’t just make you check under your bed – it makes you check your own reflection in the mirror . . . ‘ Ava Reid

‘Addictively terrifying’ Courtney Summers, author of Sadie

Praise for Melissa Albert:

‘I couldn’t put it down’ Karen M. McManus

‘Taut, haunting, and potent as a witches brew’ Krystal Sutherland

‘Every line reads like an incantation’ V.E. Schwab

Publisher Review

PRAISE FOR MELISSA ALBERT: — — I couldn’t put it down — Karen M. McManus Every line reads like an incantation — V.E. Schwab Electrifyingly brilliant — Katherine Webber Taut, haunting, and potent as a witch’s brew — Krystal Sutherland

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