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Both a taut whodunit and a haunting snapshot of the effects of a violent crime, Little Threats tells the story of a woman who served 15 years in prison for murder...and now it's time to find out if she's guilty.

In the summer of 1993, twin sisters Kennedy and Carter Wynn are embracing the grunge era and testing every limit in their privileged Richmond suburb. But Kennedy's teenage rebellion goes too far when, after a night of partying in the woods, her best friend, Haley, is murdered, and suspicion quickly falls upon Kennedy. She can't remember anything about the night in question, and this, along with the damning testimony from a college boy who both Kennedy and Haley loved, is enough to force Kennedy to enter a guilty plea. 

In 2008, Kennedy is released into a world that has moved on without her. Carter has grown distant as she questions Kennedy's innocence and begins a relationship with someone who could drive the sisters apart forever. The twins' father, Gerry, is eager to protect the family's secrets and fragile bonds. But Kennedy's return brings the tragedy back to the surface, along with a whole new wave of media. When a crime show host comes to town asking questions, believing the murder wasn't as simple as it seemed, murky memories of Haley's death come to light. As new suspects emerge and the suburban woods finally give up their secrets, two families may be destroyed again.

©2020 Emily Schultz (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Emily Schultz’s Little Threats is a complex, powerful, emotionally wrenching thriller with a deceptively simple premise: what if you agreed to serve 15 years in prison for a murder you have no memory of committing? Intense, twisty, and compelling - once you begin reading, you won’t be able to stop!" (Karen Dionne, author of the number one internationally best-selling The Marsh King's Daughter)

"Little Threats hooked me from the first line. A gripping, haunting story about family, memory, and most of all, grief - this book is difficult to put down, and more difficult to stop thinking about." (Rob Hart, author of The Warehouse)

"At its heart, Little Threats is a devastating and elegiac novel about teenage friendships, sexuality, drug use, and ultimately betrayal. Emily Schultz is unflinching in revealing the way prison isn't merely a place, but a feeling that can haunt a girl who grew into a woman behind bars. Freedom isn't absolution, and the answers are as painful as the questions in this heart-stopping, powerful story." (Bryn Greenwood, author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things and The Reckless Oath We Made)

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  • Sara C
  • 02-01-21

Just..no

Okay so first off, way too many characters. Second way too little suspects to not have an idea of whodunnit.Third there weren’t any crazy twists, it was just flat and boring. I held on until the end praying the end would bring this book some justice but again, nothing. I’m glad it’s over.