Kristen Mae is the bestselling author of Red Water and Beyond the Break, as well as the hugely popular and completely twisted short story Black-Eyed Susie. She is also a social media manager, freelance writer, classical musician, and artist. Check out her website, AbandoningPretense.com, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram @abandoningpretense.
*A predator lurks...
She caught his attention right away with her blond angel curls, heart-shaped mouth, and huge black eyes. She’s young, but she’s mature for her age—someone he can confide in. Someone who doesn’t pester and nag and berate him. Someone who, with a webcam recording, will do any naughty thing he asks.
And now that her parents are out of town, she’s invited him for a visit.
He stands on her front porch ready to knock, knees shaking, heart pounding. He knows what he’s doing is against the law—that it’s wrong. But he won’t turn around. Because on the other side of that door, Susan is waiting. And she says she wants to make all his fantasies come true.
But what he doesn’t know is that when it comes to little Black-Eyed Susie, you’d better be careful what you wish for.
*Please note that all characters in this story are 18+
He was trying to kill her, too…
“One of those books that chews you up and spits you out—you will never be the same.” – Andra Watkins, New York Times bestselling author of Not Without My Father
“With prose that will bring you to your knees, Red Water will hold you in its grip without apology, and you will love every torturous second of it.” – Beth Teliho, author of the award-winning Order of Seven
“Dark, erotic, and haunting, Red Water sticks with you like a dream you can’t shake.” – Meghan O’Flynn, bestselling author of the Ash Park series
Malory would prefer just about any place over the beat-up trailer she’s had to call home since her mom died, so even her tiny dorm room feels like an upgrade. And though she sometimes still hears her father’s whispers in her mind, she’s excelling at school, making new friends, and has even attracted an enigmatic admirer.
But when her new love interest begins to reveal his more unsavory appetites, Malory finds herself a hapless participant in sick games that force her to confront her nasty inner demons. As the game intensifies, so do the whispers in Malory’s head. Now she must decide: accept the fate she’s always believed inevitable, or risk losing the only person who ever made her feel like she was worth fighting for. But how do you let love in when the only thing that feels right is pain?At times erotic, at times disturbing, and at times both at once, Red Water slithers under your skin with its dark, unflinching examination of the psychology of self-loathing and the secret, unspeakable lust for depravity that lies dormant within us all. If you loved Caroline Kepnes’s You or Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, you will love Red Water.