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The Lost Sister

About the book
The Lost Sister takes a chilling look at what happens when hazing pushes someone too far.,,

Sisters are born, not chosen…
Maddie Crane is grappling with the disappearance of Cordelia LeClaire, and trying to escape the grasp of The Sisters of Misery—an insidious clique of the school’s most powerful girls, whose pranks have set off a chain of horrific events, and who have Maddie in their sights…

Beware the sister betrayed…
Now in a prestigious boarding school far away from her mysterious hometown of Hawthorne, Massachusetts , Maddie feels free from danger. But when an unmarked envelope arrives at her dorm containing a single ominous tarot card, Maddie realizes with terror that some secrets won’t stay buried. Knowing she must return to Hawthorne—a town still scarred by the evil of the Salem witch trials—Maddie prepares to face the fears of her past...and the wrath of the sister she wronged.

What the critics are saying
A character driven tale containing a deep Gothic feel and haunting foreboding atmosphere that hooks fans of all ages....With strong ties to the late seventeenth century Salem Witch Trials, THE LOST SISTER is a super thriller. -- Harriet Klausner

Hall will have your heart racing and you will not be able to put this book down. With historical allusions to the New England witch trials and a touch of the paranormal, THE LOST SISTER is a thriller in a league of its own.
-- TeensReadtoo / Awarded THE LOST SISTER the Hall of Fame Gold Star Award for Excellence

Blown away... The suspense, mystery, intrigue, and drama steadilybuild up throughout the novel, making it impossible to put the bookdown. I would recommend it to almostall book lovers. It has made me hungry for more of Ms. Hall's work! - Mrs. Magoo Reads

About the author
Megan Kelley Hall, 35, freelance writer and literary publicist living North of Boston, is the author of the SISTERS OF MISERY series. Her first novel, SISTERS OF MISERY, published by Kensington in August 2008 has received rave reviews by reviewers and readers alike. Hall also has an essay about her recent open heart surgery in former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan's anthology, What’s Possible! (Meredith Books, 2008). She is also a contributor to New York Times bestselling novelist Ellen Hopkins’ anthology, Flirtin’ with the Monster.

Hall has written articles for a variety of local and national magazines, including Elle, Glamour, Boston Magazine, Parenting, American Baby, Working Mother, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and several other publications.

I asked, Megan answered
A. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you? Bonus question: have you used it, in any way, in a book?
M. I had a really weird experience with a Ouija board. I kept it under my bed in college and I’d wake up with the feeling of something sitting on my chest. I removed it from my dorm room and the next night the same thing happened. Turns out my roommate put it back under my bed as a joke. Not funny. I ended up bringing it home from school, but I purposely left it in a box in my car—I was going to give it to a friend who wanted it. The first night home from school, I felt that same feeling of having something sitting on my chest. I woke up my parents and asked if someone had brought the box into the house. They had!! After that night, I threw away the Ouija board and will NEVER allow one into my house again.

A. Mystery writers often give their characters an unreasoning fear - and then make them face it. Do you have any phobias, like fear of spiders or enclosed spaces?
M. I have a freakish fear of aliens. I refuse to look out a darkened window at night, for fear of seeing those big alien eyes. I have no idea how I can watch the scariest serial killer movies (which are obviously more of a threat than alien attacks), but the first sign of an extraterrestrial movie and I’m out of there.

A. Do you have a favorite mystery book, author, or movie?
M. THE SECRET HISTORY is my all-time favorite literary thiller. Some of my other favorite writers in the adult thriller genre are Tana French, Laura Lippman, Jodi Picoult and Alice Hoffman. My favorite YA authors are obviously all the members of the GCC. On my own blog, I like to poke fun at myself by comparing my sales (which are typically in the 500,000 range) with Stephenie Meyer (whose books always seem to be in the top ten). Every time my sales numbers improve slightly, I always tell her to watch her back. That I’m creeping up on her. I’m sure she’s terrified.

A. At its heart, every story is a mystery. It asks why someone acts the way they did - or maybe what will happen next. What question does your book ask?
M. THE LOST SISTER asks what happens when hazing goes wrong and what happens when someone is pushed to far.

A. Is there a mystery in life that you are still trying to figure out?
M. My aunt recently passed away from cancer at the age of 56 and she suffered terribly for the past two years. This is the third relatively young relative that I’ve lost and I’m still trying to understand and I constantly question life and death. I’ve done a lot of soul searching lately, asking myself what is the point of it all? I’m also puzzled by evil in all forms. Perhaps that is why I write about different forms of evil, because I’m still trying to figure out what motivates serial killers, mean girls, and all types of evil people.

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