The Last Beautiful Girl (Paperback)
Fans of Black Mirror and There's Someone Inside Your House will devour this disturbing story about a dark descent into social media fame. Izzy is determined to use her family's new mansion, and the treasures inside, to outshine everyone in her new town, even when it's clear that something—or someone—in the house has deadly intentions…
When Isabella Brixton is forced to move from New York City to a tiny town, she's not thrilled. The silver lining is the gorgeous old mansion she now calls home. As the former residence of a glamorous patron of the arts and muse who died many decades ago, the house has its quirks: whole floors are boarded up, old paintings are covered, and cell reception is nonexistent.
Isa is ready to hate her new life, but things turn around when her classmate Alexa, a skilled photographer, suggests they start an Instagram account featuring portraits of Isa inside the mansion. Wearing gowns and jewelry hidden away in the house, Isa looks perfect in the unfiltered photos—almost unnaturally so—and they quickly go viral. Soon she's got a new best friend, a potential boyfriend, and is surrounded by a group of girls who want the photoshoots and fame for themselves. But there's a darkness in the house, and a darkness growing in Isa, too. When girls start getting hurt, it's clear that something—or someone—in the house is growing in power, with deadly intentions.
Nina Laurin studied Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal, where she currently lives. She arrived there when she was just twelve years old, and she speaks and reads in Russian, French, and English. She is the bestselling author of the adult suspense novels GIRL LAST SEEN, WHAT MY SISTER KNEW, and THE STARTER WIFE. Nina is fascinated by the darker side of mundane things, and she's always on the lookout for her next twisted book idea.
"Atmospheric...for die-hard fans of haunted-house stories." — Kirkus Reviews
"Suspense is consistent throughout, and readers will have a hard time putting the book down… Hand to fans of Mary Downing Hahn, Peg Kehret, and Dan Poblocki." — School Library Journal
"This haunting YA thriller fuses modern facets of speculative horror—the strange and the mysterious—with contemporary digital elements to create a narrative that is sure to keep readers engaged." — Booklist