By Caitlin Sinead, author of HEARTSICK
You scratch your sleepy head as you shuffle to the bathroom. You stumble for your toothbrush and toothpaste, gingerly putting on a dentist-approved amount. You swoosh the brush and mint flavor in your mouth and groggily look into the mirror.
Your previously lethargic heart pounds and your eyes blink rapidly, as if the blinking will change what you see. Your eyes are bright purple. The toothbrush falls from your now-open mouth. You lean closer, pulling down your upper cheek to get a better look at your eyeball, but it’s no trick of the light. Your eyes have changed color overnight.
And you have no idea why.
That’s the initial premise of HEARTSICK: a mysterious condition affects just one person, and then another, and another, until it spreads across Quinn’s small college town. And, after an infected friend is found murdered, Quinn resolves to find out who, or what, is behind it.
Quinn is looking forward to her senior year at Poe University. She has big plans to hang out with her best friend, flirt with a certain boy genius, party at her favorite dive bar and figure out what she’s going to do after graduation with her not-so-useful art major. But that’s before she meets Luke, a hot townie who’s moved back home to help take care of his dying sister. And it’s before a weird epidemic sweeps across campus, mysteriously turning people’s eyes purple.
Is it an odd side effect from a new party drug?
Is it a rogue virus developed in a campus lab?
Is it the mark of the devil?
Soon the town starts blaming the university and the student religious group becomes frighteningly aggressive in their on-campus accusations. Quinn and Luke are caught in the middle–until a tragic accident forces Luke to reveal the one part of himself he’s kept carefully hidden. That he’s so much more than the happy-go-lucky boy next door Quinn had believed him to be isn’t a surprise…but this truth might be too dangerous for her to handle.
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Caitlin Sinead’s writing has earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Writers & Artists. She earned a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and two cats.
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