By Ryan La Sala

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Language: Grotesque/Disturbing Imagery,Language: Strong Language,Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes,Violence: General,Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion

From Ryan La Sala, author of the tantalizingly twisted The Honeys and riotously imaginative Reverie, comes a chilling new contemporary fable about art, aesthetic obsession, and the gaze that peers back at us from behind our reflections.

No one survived the party at the penthouse. Except Athan.

Athanasios “Athan” Bakirtzis has made it far in life relying on his charm and good looks, even securing an invitation to a mysterious penthouse soiree for New York City’s artsy elite. But when he sneaks off to the bathroom, he hears a slam, followed by a scream. Athan peers outside, only to be pushed back in by a boy his age. The boy gravely tells him not to open the door, then closes Athan in.

Outside the door, the party descends into chaos. Through hours of howls, laughter, and sobs, Athan stays hidden. When he finally emerges, he discovers a massacre where the corpses appear to have arranged themselves into a disturbingly elegant sculpture—and Athan’s mysterious savior is nowhere to be found. Athan—the only known survivor—is now the primary suspect.

In a race to prove his innocence, Athan is swept up in a supernatural mystery, one of secret occult societies and deadly eldritch horrors with rather distinctive taste. Something evil is waking up in the walls of New York City, and it’s compelling victims toward violence, chaos, and self-destruction. Bound to him by a mysterious hereditary power, Athan has felt this evil hiding behind his reflection his entire life, watching him. Waiting. Now, it’s taking over.

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School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-When a strange boy in a butterfly bandana abruptly implores him to hide in a bathroom during a dinner party, Athanasios isn't sure why he obeys, but the horrific tangle of bodies awaiting him hours later certainly makes him glad he did. Despite Athan's inherited Sight, which allows him to rewind the events witnessed by any mirror in which he can see himself, he has no idea who is responsible for the carnage, though the police clearly think he is. To make matters worse, his beloved (but perhaps not-all-there) Yiayia has disappeared; Uhler, the family friend who has supported Athan and Yiayia since Athan's parents died, definitely knows more than he should about everything that's going wrong in Athan's life; and Dom, the boy who saved Athan's life, clearly knows more than he's letting on about not only these deaths but also others. Readers will easily immerse themselves in La Sala's writing style, at once outlining a grand and epic plot in immediate, tangible settings. The voice that seems to follow Athan without quite belonging to him offers companionship to readers' darker natures, poignant commentary on intrusive thoughts and the space between reality and reflection. Athan is a complex and charismatic character, often as confused as readers about how the pieces of the puzzle connect. Where The Honeys was cloying, summer-heat-sticky, this title darts quickly from shadow to shadow, picking at a distorted reality. VERDICT La Sala spins a devastatingly unsettling web with razor-sharp insight.-Allie Stevensα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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