Mercy Point

Anna Snoekstra

Mercy Point
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Mercy Point

Anna Snoekstra

In real life, they are enemies. Emma the know-it-all, Michael the bully, Fabian the coward, Tessie the weirdo and Sam the mystery. Online they are best friends, with one big thing in common: they are all sure they are adopted.

When they finally meet, they are horrified to find that the people they have been sharing their souls with are the people they hate. They decide to never speak again.

But avoiding each other is difficult in a small mountain town with only one high school.

It’s also tough to ignore one another when they each begin to realise that what their parents are hiding is much more sinister than just adoption.

The five teenagers have a choice to make. Continue to live a lie, or come together to hunt down the truth, no matter how dangerous that may be. Because the real story of their parentage is much more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

It is a secret that goes to the very heart of the town itself.

From the author of the acclaimed debut novel Only Daughter comes a book about how much you’d be willing to risk to find out who you really are.


Five teens in Mount Cobalt each carry a heavy secret alone: they suspect they are adopted, and they are certain their parents are lying to them. When they each receive an email invitation to join a private message board for teens in the local area who doubt their paternity, it seems too good to be true. Emboldened by anonymity, they find support in each other and begin to give voice to the fears they have carried alone for so long. It feels like hope.

Behind the screens is an unlikely bunch of friends: obnoxious know-it-all Emma, who always stands up to the bullies; Michael, king bully himself; and his favourite target, the sweet, cowardly Fabian; Tessie, the vigilant loner; and the mysterious Sam. When they finally meet in real life, they are humiliated. These are not the kind strangers they imagined: these are their enemies. They decide never to speak again, to continue living a lie. But their parents are hiding something much more sinister than just their adoption, and they have to find the truth together.

Narrated in turns by each teen, we learn more about their stories and their stereotypes inevitably melt away. As they reconnect, the more dangerous the secrets being kept from them appear. Something happened in Mount Cobalt, and it began in the caves. This small town has a secret that it is desperate to protect. Mercy Point will appeal to fans of YA thrillers and urban fantasies alike, and will keep readers guessing until the very end. Recommended for readers 13+.

Kushla Egan works as a bookseller at Readings Carlton.

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