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Into the Darkness

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V.C. ANDREWS PORTRAYS HER MOST ROMANTIC COUPLE SINCE TROY AND HEAVEN IN THE CASTEEL SERIES. . . .

DESPITE THE BRILLIANT SUNSHINE, I FELT A CHILL SURGE THROUGH ME. I PAUSED AND LOOKED AT THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR. WAS MY CONVERSATION WITH BRAYDEN JUST ANOTHER ONE OF MY FANTASIES?

A
s lovely as one of the precious gems at her parents’ jewelry store, Amber Taylor is shy and introspective—qualities misread by others as being stuck up and superior. Facing a long, lonely summer working at the family shop, Amber’s world lights up when the Matthews family suddenly moves in to the house next door, a property that has stood neglected for the longest time. And when she meets Brayden Matthews, an only child just like her, Amber soon becomes infatuated with this handsome, quirky young man who seems to know her innermost feelings almost before she does, who takes her places she never knew existed in her small town. Their connection is electrifying, unlike anything Amber’s felt before. But as quickly as he appears, Brayden vanishes into the darkness. And finding out the truth about him will push Amber Taylor to the edge of madness. . . .

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“Something frightens you, Amber,” Brayden said. “You’re frightened about revealing too much about yourself.”

“Like what?”

“Things you won’t even admit to yourself,” he replied. He nodded at the now dark house. “Gotta go. See you,” he said, and headed toward the front door. “Oh,” he added, pausing to look back. “Thanks for walking with me.”

“I enjoyed it. I think,” I said. “It was like walking with Socrates or someone.”

He laughed.

“Maybe you were. Remember,” he said, “reincarnation.”

He laughed again, and then I thought I heard his mother calling for him the way she had when I first met him, her voice sounding so far-off and thin.

Or maybe it was just the breeze strengthening and weaving its way over rain gutters, over wires, and through trees. I looked up and then back toward town.

When I turned to look back at him, he was gone. I hadn’t even heard him open the front door.

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Into the Darkness

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Following the death of Virginia Andrews, the Andrews family worked with a carefully selected writer to organize and complete Virginia Andrews’ stories and to create additional novels, of which this is one, inspired by her storytelling genius.

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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Contents

Prologue

Chapter 1: New Neighbor

Chapter 2: Psyche

Chapter 3: Safe

Chapter 4: Child of Circumstance

Chapter 5: Prudence Perfect

Chapter 6: Shayne

Chapter 7: The Lagoon

Chapter 8: Birdsong

Chapter 9: An Unpleasant Evening

Chapter 10: Eyes Behind the Eyes

Chapter 11: Portrait

Chapter 12: Shadows

Chapter 13: Thoreau

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