Blog Tour: Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews Spotlight + Excerpt
I’m happy to be a part of this next stop on the blog tour. Bad Girl Gone has been one of books I’ve been looking forward to reading this year and will be sharing my thoughts about it on my upcoming review post. Before I do that though, here’s a little bit about the book, as well an exclusive excerpt, and a little more fun facts.
Author: Temple Mathews
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea where she is or how she got there. But she soon finds out she s in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids.
There s just one problem: she’s not an orphan. Her parents are very much alive.
She explains this to everyone, but no one will listen. After befriending a sympathetic (and handsome) boy, Echo is able to escape Middle House and rush home, only to discover it sealed off by crime scene tape and covered in the evidence of a terrible and violent crime. As Echo grapples with this world-shattering information, she spots her parents driving by and rushes to flag them down. Standing in the middle of street, waving her arms to get their attention, her parents car drives right through her.
She was right. Her parents are alive but she s not.
She s a ghost, just like all the other denizens of Middle House. Desperate to somehow get her life back and reconnect with her still-alive boyfriend, Echo embarks on a quest to solve her own murder. As the list of suspects grows, the quest evolves into a journey of self-discovery in which she learns she wasn’t quite the girl she thought she was. In a twist of fate, she s presented with one last chance to reclaim her life and must make a decision which will either haunt her or bless her forever.
Mathews has written dozens of animated TV episodes and has worked-for-hire at every major studio in Hollywood. Mathews was a producer at the American Film Institute, a graduate of the University of Washington, and Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington. In 2008 BenBella Books published Mathews’s The New Kid. Its success led to the publication of two more New Kid books: The Rising: The New Kid Book Two and The Sword of Armageddon: The New Kid Book Three. Under the pen name William Payton, Mathews also wrote The Good Father, originally published by Coscom Entertainment.