After Dark with Roxie Clark (Hardcover)
November/December 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“After Dark with Roxie Clark’s small-town October ghost tour setting is spot on, and Roxie herself is just weird enough to put you firmly in her corner. Throw in a brutal murder and a family curse, and you’re in for a wild ride — hang tight.”
— Maggie Henriksen, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY
A twisty YA thriller about a girl who revels in leading ghost tours, but discovers that even she can be spooked when a chilling murder hits closer to home.
An Indie Next pick!
Roxie Clark has seen more dead bodies than your average seventeen-year-old. As a member of the supposedly-cursed Clark family, most of her ancestors have met tragic ends, including her own mother. Instead of fearing the curse, however, Roxie has combined her flair for performance and her gruesome family history into a successful ghost tour. But her tour never covers the most recent body she’s seen—her sister Skylar’s boyfriend, Colin Riley, found murdered in a cornfield.
A year after the murder, Roxie’s desperate to help Skylar find closure and start to heal. Instead, Skylar becomes fixated on finding the killer. As the sisters dig into what really happened, they discover that more than one person has been lying about that night. And the closer they get to the truth, the more Roxie starts to wonder if some scary stories might be better left untold. Brooke Lauren Davis offers another thought-provoking and eerily satisfying tale, perfect for fans of Kara Thomas and Cruel Summer.
Brooke Lauren Davis grew up in rural Southern Ohio. Now she lives in North Carolina, where she spends her time dreaming up more stories about small towns with big secrets. She is also the author of The Hollow Inside.
"The ghost tour is so well-painted that readers would eagerly hand over the money to be included on the next trip…Readers will enjoy this solid mystery with a satisfying resolution." - School Library Journal
“A story about transgenerational haunting, of the legacies, responsibilities, and sentiments passed on from old to young along a family line. . . . This book is a wonderful change of pace for thriller lovers--a slower burn, but a rewarding one.” —Booklist
“The narrative's suspenseful ambiance and Roxie's distinct, loyal-to-a-fault voice make for a riveting meditation on generational trauma and fierce female relationships.” —Publishers Weekly
“The central mystery is unpredictable, carefully building tension to the end. . . . Gripping.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The Hollow Inside is a haunting debut, as thrilling as it is lyrical. Steeped in small town secrets and layered mysteries that unfold with perfect pacing, Brooke Lauren Davis delivers a powerful story about the lengths we're willing to go to for family, and the price we pay when the ones we love reveal their true natures. I loved every bit of this twisty, poetic book.” —New York Times bestselling author David Arnold on THE HOLLOW INSIDE
“A propulsive, gritty thriller from an exciting new voice in YA fiction. I can't wait to see what Brooke Lauren Davis does next.” —Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders, on THE HOLLOW INSIDE
“The author evocatively captures the feel of small-town life, and Phoenix, whose longing for a family is palpable, inspires sympathy, as does Nina, whose own story is interspersed throughout. . . . A page-turning debut.” —Kirkus Reviews on THE HOLLOW INSIDE
“Debut author Davis creates a complex, suspenseful story about small-town secrets, vengeance, and compassion.” —Publishers Weekly on THE HOLLOW INSIDE
“An engaging debut that propels readers through a dark tangle of lies and secrets.” —Booklist on THE HOLLOW INSIDE