Cold is in Her Bones

Cold is in Her Bones

For Ages: 12 and up
One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa.

Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.
  • Simon & Schuster Children's UK | 
  • 416 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781471160882 | 
  • March 2019
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Peternelle van Arsdale
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Peternelle van Arsdale

Peternelle van Arsdale was an executive editor for HarperCollins, Anchor/Doubleday, Hyperion, and Putnam. Over the course of her career she edited multiple New York Times bestsellers and award-winners, including The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's novel Sister of My Heart. She also conceived, compiled, and edited Kurt Vonnegut's posthumously published collection, Armageddon in Retrospect. Peternelle is now a freelance editor and ghostwriter of both fiction and non-fiction. The Beast is an Animal is her first book under her own name. Visit her at pvabooks.com.

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