One of the few things more exciting than reading a new book is when you can start reading it before it even hits shelves. Brigid Kemmerer’s Letters to the Lost will soon be in bookstores – but you can read the first to chapters right here, right now.
Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they’re not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.
Letters to the Lost releases on April 4. Keep reading for a peek at the first two chapters – and then head to your local independent bookstore on April 4 to snag the rest.
There’s this photograph I can’t get out of my mind. A little girl in a flowered dress is screaming in the dark. Blood is everywhere: on her cheeks, on her dress, in spattered droplets on the ground. A gun is pointed at the dirt road beside her, and you can’t see the man, but you cann see his boots. You showed it to me years ago, telling me about the photographer who got the shoot, but all I remember is the scream and the flowers and the blood and the gun.
Her parents took a wrong turn or something. In a war zone, maybe. Was it Iraq? I think it was Iraq. It’s been a while and I’m fuzzy on the history of it.
They took a wrong turn, and some spooked soldiers started firing at the car. Her parents were killed instantly.
The little girl was lucky. Unlucky?
I don’t know.