This is one of those books that I really want to read, and at the same time, I’m scared to pick up. Allison, the Author, will tell us something more about it.
Infamous by Allison Stowe is a Contemporary, Young Adult Novel
Enter the world of this YA thriller, where nothing is ever quite as it seems…
It’s been five years since the high profile kidnapping case which turned Cassie Waterson’s life upside down. The aftermath led her to become a household name – for months, she was splashed across TV screens, appeared in newspaper headlines, and featured in the furtive whispers of the residents of her hometown. But why? She hadn’t done anything significant. In fact, she’d done nothing at all; merely watched, motionless, as a shadowy figure lifted her baby sister off her feet, and bundled her into the back of a station wagon.
That single moment soon became Cassie Waterson’s life. Agonised by guilt, confused by the lack of punishment, scrutinised by the media circus… everyone claims to know Cassie now, but nobody does at all. The face she puts on for cameras, the voice she fakes for the talk shows… none of that is the reality behind the mask. Cassie is not the strong, confident girl who glares with certainty from the screen. Cassie doesn’t have her assuredness, or her optimism about her sister coming home. Cassie is someone else entirely, and the only person who knows is the one person she must avoid… at all costs.
Every story has two sides, and the flipside of Cassie Waterson is Alexis Aldridge. Unknown, anonymous, kept hidden from the world by her fearful parents… Alexis is a conundrum, wrapped in darkness. While her and Cassie lead opposite lives, they both long for the one thing they miss: a sense of normalcy, and the freedom to be themselves.
Infamous is an unmissable YA mystery novel which will take you on twist after turn, and which provides suspense and surprises on every page.
From the Author, Allison Stowe.
I think you know this story. A young girl has been kidnapped, and it’s all over the news. She’s beautiful, just three years old, with loving parents who miss her and just want her to come home. They plead with the kidnapper: please don’t hurt her. Sophie, if you’re listening, just get home safe. You probably know the older sister, too. She’s eight years old, and when she talks, her dark blue eyes seem to connect with you through the camera. Kidnapper, please bring her back. Mom and dad say that you can leave her on a crowded street. Leave her anywhere. We won’t come looking for you. She doesn’t cry, but you can hear the heartbreak in the beats between her resolute words. Her name is Cassie Waterson. You won’t forget it.
It’s five years later, then ten, and the case has gone cold. The police received thousands of tips over the years, but none of them amounted to anything. He’s still out there, the man who did this. That’s where the case ends for you, the reader of sensationalised crime. That’s not where it ends for Cassie. You know, because you no longer follow the crime, but you do follow Cassie.
Infamous was inspired by my own interest (and occasional obsession) reading these stories, when they blew up in the papers. It started with a question that I asked myself when I ran out of case updates to read. What’s it like to become a celebrity because of the single most traumatic thing to ever happen to you? And in the case of the child left behind: how do you get through the absolute train wreck that is high school, while also dealing with the public baggage of being “the girl with the missing sister?”Infamous isn’t the story of a kidnapping. It’s the story of what comes next, when you’re down one sister and still have to be a teenager.
Ultimately, I think this was always going to be my first novel. At the time of writing Infamous, I had just finished a degree in Journalism, which involves all the effort of writing a novel without any of the fun or creativity. I knew what I wanted to do next: move into Psychology, which I’d taken as a minor during my degree. Essentially, Infamous was the perfect storm of all of my interests: mysterious crimes, writing and psychoanalysing people. I hope you like it… but if not, at least I had a great time writing it!
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In 2010, she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Ryerson University, where she was the Managing Editor of the online newspaper. During her brief journalistic career, Allison wrote for Chatelaine magazine and TV Guide Canada (essentially achieving a life dream). Shortly after graduation, she relocated to Brighton, UK, and refocused her attention on her second passion – helping young people.
While studying for her MSc in Educational Psychology at UCL, Allison wrote Infamous as a way to fulfil her instinct to keep writing. When she isn’t writing about the lives of young adults, or watching prime time teen dramas, Allison mentors university students who’ve been diagnosed with mental health issues. She lives in London, UK, with her fluffy ginger cat, Sawyer. ‘Infamous’ is her debut novel.