For New Adult readers – The In-Between is an emotional, spellbinding, addictive story about friendship and obsession.
Ellie Moss is moving away from her ex-best friend, away from Jackson High School and away from The Worst Year of Her Life. It will be a New Beginning, so she can become New Ellie – the Ellie who is pretty, smart and popular.
But then, a terrible car accident changes her life forever. Reeling from the shock of losing one of her parents, Ellie starts her new high school and meets a new friend. Madeline is everything that Ellie wants to be: beautiful, bold and brave. But as Madeline’s influence over Ellie grows, and her life begins to spiral out of control, Ellie starts to question if she can trust her – and, more to the point, can Ellie even trust herself?
Because Ellie knows what happens when your best friend becomes your worst enemy. But what happens when your worst enemy is yourself?
'Compelling and addictive, hands-down my favorite YA read of the year. I was in the story's grip from beginning to end, in awe of how beautifully and realistically Barbara layered Ellie's personality and how she kept me guessing and wondering until the very last page. Most of all, I cared for poor, troubled Ellie and her family. I wanted to take the journey with her all the way to the end. I wanted to see her heal' Jennifer Brown, author of The Hate List
'Creepy and addictive, Barbara Stewart's The In-Between left me with both an acute distrust of what my eyes see, and an overwhelming fear of falling asleep. This psychological thriller definitely thrilled me' Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate trilogy
'This debut novel delves deeply into a possibly psychotic character or, perhaps, one who may be experiencing paranormal events . . . This may be Stewart’s first novel, but she exhibits a practiced skill, keeping events ambiguous enough to have readers guessing throughout . . . A most intriguing book and debut' Kirkus Review (starred)