A fast-paced, nerve-fraying contemporary thriller that questions loyalties and twists truths. Read the first seven chapters for FREE in this extended book teaser that includes a letter from Amy Christine Parker!
Appearances can be deceiving.
In the Community, life seems perfect. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pioneer invited Lyla’s family to join his group and escape the evil in the world. They were happy to be chosen, happy to move away from New York and start over in such an idyllic gated community. Now seventeen, Lyla knows that Pioneer is more than just their charismatic leader, he is their prophet . . . but his visions have grown dark.
Lyla is a loyal member of the Community, but a chance encounter with an outsider boy has her questioning Pioneer, the Community—everything. And if there’s one thing not allowed in the Community, it’s doubt. Her family and friends are certain in their belief. Lyla wishes she could feel the same. As Pioneer begins to manipulate his flock toward disaster, the question remains: Will Lyla follow them over the edge?
From the outside looking in, it’s hard to understand why anyone would join a cult. But Gated tells the story of the Community from the inside looking out, and from behind the gates things are not quite so simple. Amy Christine Parker’s beautiful writing creates a chilling, utterly unique YA story. Perfect for fans of creepy thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.
About Amy Christine Parker
AMY CHRISTINE PARKER earned her degree in elementary education at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and then proceeded to try out many different jobs, including collectible doll maker, fondue waitress, and inner-city schoolteacher. It wasn't until she became a mom and began making up bedtime stories for her children that she finally realized what she was meant to do. Now Amy writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Visit her at amychristineparker.blogspot.com.
"A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath as you race to the very last page."
—Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten
"An awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films while still being surprising."
“Compelling. . . . This absorbing examination of a cult focuses on a teenage girl who begins to doubt their leader."
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"I highly recommend Gated to fans of contemporary fiction with a twist. This one has a bit of everything—mystery, intense action, real life issues, and a bit of romance."
—My Book Addiction (blog)
"After the last page is turned, the question will linger: 'Could I ever be deceived like this?'"
"Highly recommended for fans of YA thrillers and contemporary fiction."
—A Dream Within a Dream (blog)
"Every once in a while a book comes along that leaves you reeling. Speechless. Shocked. Nothing you say will do it justice. Gated is that book. Chilling, horrifying, but beautiful. A MUST read."
"Action packed and full of suspense. . . . It's new and fresh, a step away from everything that’s out there right now."
—Me, My Shelf, and I (blog)
"A complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events."
"Mysterious, entrancing and dark, Gated brings in just the right amount of paced storytelling with the edge-of-your-reading-seats sense of suspense."
"An absolutely enrapturing book . . . I couldn’t put it down."
—In Libris Veritas (blog)
"An entertaining and unique entry in a sea of generic YA novels."
—Fiction Frenzy (blog)
"If you need a summer thriller read with a smartly woven plot and a lamb-to-lion main character, then this book is for you."
—Great Imaginations (blog)
"An absolutely fascinating read with an original concept and an absolutely brilliant villain! Different with just the right touch of chilling."
—Fiction Freak (blog)