Hi everyone, today as part of the Conspiracy Girl blog tour I get to share a wonderful extract and giveaway with you, I am a huge fan of Sarah's work, so super excited to be part of this tour. Before this great extract here's a bit about Conspiracy Girl (and don't you think the cover is awesome?)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 12th February 2015
Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings. There was only one survivor – fifteen year-old Nic Preston. Now eighteen, Nic is trying hard to rebuild her life. But then one night her high-security apartment is broken into. It seems the killers are back to finish the job. Finn Carter – hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s murderers walked free. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best chance of staying alive is by staying close to Finn. And the closer they get to the truth, and to each other, the greater the danger becomes.
He’s been in the bathroom over two hours. I don’t even a Kardashian takes this long. I prise Goz’s head off my lap and walk over to the bathroom door. My hand is half raised, ready to knock, when I stop myself. What if he’s … I don’t know... doing something in there? I stand there frozen.
But the fact is I’m freaking out here on my own, with the only thing to occupy my attention a grainy image of my bloodstreaked apartment, occasionally interrupted by the sight of a bored NYPD cop chomping his way through a box of Dunkin’ Donuts.
Finally, I tap on the bathroom door lightly. There’s no answer. A spurt of adrenaline rushes through me as I entertain a rush of ideas involving Finn lying dead on the bathroom floor. I don’t know. Maybe I’m paranoid and deluded, but I think I have grounds for both.
‘Finn’? I say. I knock again and call his name louder, hearing the trace of irritation in my voice. I’m still angry at him. He called me a liar, saying my testimony was full of holes. I’ll give him full of holes.
Even if what he and Maggie are saying about the FBI being involved is true, it doesn’t mean that Miles and McCrory aren’t involved as well. But what did Aiden hide in my apartment? And did he even hide anything? It’s just conjecture.
I push my ear against the bathroom door but it’s hard to hear anything over the sound of the cube’s persistent humming. My hand slides to the door handle. Should I try it? Finally, I give into to my paranoia and twist the handle.
Finn’s lying in the bath, his head tipped back against the edge and his eyes closed. One arm trails down the side, his fingers brushing the rug. For a heart-stopping moment I think he’s dead and then I realise he’s just asleep. Clouds of steam envelope him and his face is flushed from the heat.
My heart rate amps up as my gaze dips, before I can stop it, to his shoulders and his chest and then… I turn in a fluster, almost tripping over Goz, who has also come into investigate. Goz struts right past me and pads over to the bath.
‘Goz!’ I hiss ‘Come back!’
But Goz completely ignores me. He pauses by the bath and cocks his head to one side.
I tiptoe closer. ‘Goz!’ I whisper, grabbing him by the collar, ready to yank him out of there, but Goz won’t budge. He picks up a paw and in a moment of pure frozen horror I see exactly what he’s about to do. Before I know it I’m employing my Russian Olympic coach voice. ‘Goz!’ I shout as my dog’s paw touches the water prodding Finn in the stomach.
Finn shoots upright in the tub, jumping straight to his feet, water sloshing in waves over the sides of the bath. Goz barks loudly. Finn stand there, totally naked, slightly unsteady on his feet, his muscles locked as though he’s about to start a race and breathing hard enough that it looks like he just finished one. I think we just scared him half to death.
‘I was worried’ I say, trying not to stare anywhere but his face. I close my eyes and turn around. ‘Sorry’ I say. ‘He thought you were drowning’, I add, embarrassment feeling like hot coals bring strapped to my face.‘Goz!’ I hiss furiously, snapping my fingers until I fell Goz rubbing against my legs. I haul him out of the bathroom and quickly, quietly close the door behind me.
What did you guys think? I think this is one of my favourite scenes from the book, Finn was certianly able to win me over very quickly!
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