Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.

Murder Now
Lange Crawford’s move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake.​

Murder Then
Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse’s eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it's begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder.

Murder Yet to Come
But someone doesn’t like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny's past and their own, and how closely the two are connected. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.










Winner of the Gold 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Teen Mystery 


“A supernatural murder mystery with a love interest rooted in the past and present. ... A fast-paced thriller best read with the lights on.” Kirkus

"Deliciously creepy and hauntingly beautiful, Second Verse satisfied my urge for both thrills and romance, all in one exciting package. Just be warned: extreme fear of the dark--and barns--might occur as a result of reading." Debra Driza, author of MILA 2.0

"Part mysterious ghost story and part thriller, Second Verse's twists will keep you riveted. The intense connection between Lange and Vaughn is electric. A truly original debut." Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix

“A beautifully written story of love and loss that weaves past and present into a haunting tale that will keep you guessing until the final pages.” Dawn Rae Miller, author of the Sensitives Trilogy & Crushed

“Walkup ratchets up the tension effectively through contrasting the past and present, building empathy for both couples and making the denouement all the more shocking. A chilling, accessible read.” ~ School Library Journal