When love leads to death, be careful who you trust.
Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as “The Sham”, with her boyfriend, Jack, but he’s very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He’s also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months’ ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily’s classmates washed up in the local floods.
Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they’re pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body.
**Warning: This book is unsuitable for younger teenage readers. It depicts adult situations, murder scenes, conversations about sex, a scene of animal cruelty & mild profanity.
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Reviews of The Sham:
“Having a plot with a surprising twist at the end and excellent writing, The Sham is a must-read.” – Readers’ Favorite
“This book is phenomenal when it comes to thriller novels, and is in my Top 3 Thriller Novels of 2014.” – The Book Ramblings Book Blog
“Ka-bam! The Sham! … her book scares the shit out of me” – Nat’s Book Nook
“This book blew my mind away. The romance, the mystery, the slightly creepy factor that never really went away… it was all basically perfect.” – My Full Bookshelf Reviews
“This book was marvellous, and not at all what I expected. The amount of emotions I felt after reading this masterpiece, is indescribable. I can’t pin point them, there’s just too many, so many.” – Ethereal Book Reviews
“The Sham by Ellen Allen is her debut novel and it’s a disturbing and real creepy YA thriller. It is so good, it’s a real must read. This book will grab you from the first page and it will not let you go until the end…I gave this book 5 stars but it truly deserves many more than that.” – Coco’s Book Reviews
“What a start! Most YA books are so very predictable. Not the Sham… This murder mystery is something else! A great first book, I can’t wait to read more of her stuff!” – The Bohemian Housewife
“This book is not for the faint hearted as the first chapter is extremely gory, to the point that I nearly stopped…but I am glad that I continued on, as this book proved to be a real gem!” – Coccotoro
“I finished reading this book in one sitting and, wow, it took me on a rollercoaster ride… There’s some gritty realness thrown into this truly shocking story… I was a little disappointed when the book finally ended. More, please?” – Carrie Reads A Lot
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