GP Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2017
An abduction forever alters the fates of three girls – one who’s been missing, one who is grieving, and one who is dead and rumored to be a saint.
Seventeen-year-old Tess da Costa is a hand-to-god, miracle-producing saint. At least, that’s what the people in her hometown of New Avon, Massachusetts, seem to believe. Two years ago, Tess started hearing a mysterious voice whose cryptic messages warned of impending doom and disaster. Though she wasn’t sure what to make of it, Tess did what she could to deliver the messages—saving lives in the process. Soon, people started to pray to Tess and stories flooded in, tales of miraculous recoveries and blessings from above. When Tess suddenly and tragically passes away, her small city begins petitioning the Pope in earnest to make her sainthood official.
Tess’s mother is ecstatic, while her sister Callie is disgusted—refusing to take part in the charade. The fervor around Tess’s sainthood only grows when Ana Langone, a local young girl who’s been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess’s shrines. Callie’s had enough, and decides to put an end to the madness for good. With the help of Tess’s secret boyfriend Danny, Callie sets out to prove that Tess was no saint, but something far more important—she was her sister and her best friend. But as the investigation goes on, Callie and Danny uncover much more than they bargained for, leading them to a dark family secret and putting them hot on the trail of Ana’s kidnapper.