"As I turn onto the main drag that passes the restaurant, flashes of that summer night two years ago start to cloud my mind. The police tape, the blue and red lights, the blood on my hands, my mom screaming at a police officer and my dad trying to hold her back while tears rolled down his unshaven face. I sat on the curb rocking back and forth on my heels as an officer swabbed the blood on my hands. The phone battery was shoved into a plastic bag, the pink gemstone glinting at me from under the wrapping."
Two years pass and Jayce's older sister, Alice is still nowhere to be seen. Jayce's book series, the "Absent Alice" novels, have dropped Alice in a fantastical world where nothing can harm her, just how Jayce wants it. But when grisly details are revealed about that summer night, suppressed memories come to light, and the case is reopened, Jayce is forced to come back to reality and face the tragedy affecting her family.
A novel about family, love, and betrayal, Absent Alice will have you reading chapter after chapter as the mystery begins to unfold. But be careful, not everything is as it seems.
DISCLAIMER: This is a first draft I wrote for Nanowrimo (national novel writing month) so it has not been edited yet