Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi
Corey and Holly are twins, and Savitri is the third piece of the three-piece puzzle – Holly’s best friend and Corey’s girlfriend. Holly stood up for Savitri when the other kids called her Hindi comics weird, and Savitri and Corey shut Josh out completely after he dumped Holly so horribly last year. Freerunners, running the Chicago rooftops, leaping gaps and flipping off walls and stairs is where the three feel most at home and the most together.
Until one night, driving home from an awesome sunset run in a bad neighborhood, a guy in a hoodie with a gun destroys everything.
After, there are only Holly and Savitri. Holly is in a coma, and Savitri is in shock – she froze in the seconds where it could have mattered, and the guy got away, leaving her boyfriend dead and her best friend lost in the shadow lands. Holly and Corey’s dad is a cop with the Chicago PD, and they’re pretty sure the shooting was a target hit on his kids, but they’ve got no ID, not a lot of evidence, and no close witnesses – unless Holly wakes up.
A Minnesota Book Award nominee, Chasing Shadows is a complex, dark, layered puzzle. A mix of graphics and prose told from Holly and Savitri’s points of view, Minneapolis author Swati Avasthi leads us down the dark path into the underworld of death, grief, rage, pain, and everything that comes after. Friendships, families, and absolutes unravel and reform in unexpected and startling ways as Savitri finds her way to a new world without Corey – and Holly fights to bring herself and her twin back from the brink. Unsettling, fascinating, and totally un-put-downable, fans of mysteries, crime novels, dark alleys, psychological thrillers, Swedish noir, anti-heroes (Batman, anyone?), and deftly plotted stories should grab this!