When Venus Wilson, the daughter of an affluent family is found dead at her Halloween Bash, the entire town of Bruinville halts in time. Four people, Lily, Kate, Trevor, and Raj, all with a vendetta against witness her gruesome murder. After witnessing the murder, the four agree to not talk about what they saw that night however when her autopsy is leaked to the press and they are once again forced to relive the night they witnessed their enemy’s death. The race against time begins when the four decide that the only way they will avoid a possible jail sentence is to find the true culprit. They find an unlikely alliance and trust between each other.
As the year progresses the four come closer and closer to finding the true culprit all while dealing with other relationships on the side, such as Lily’s conflicted feelings for Trevor and her ex-boyfriend Tyler Meyers, who was Venus Wilson’s boyfriend around the time Lily and he had started ‘hooking-up’.
Intended Audience/Genre/Length: 18-25 year old is the major demographic, mystery/thriller, length: I’d put an estimate around 90,000-100,000 words
Finding who killed Venus Wilson
Lily coming to terms with her true feeling towards Venus
Accepting one’s mistakes and trying to resolve them
Moving on from a loved one’s death
Unique things to highlight:
The story is told from a third-person perspective which allows the reader to explore the idea of how grey humanity is on a spectrum. The use of flashbacks, as well as ‘think-pieces’ at the beginning of the story, allow readers to put the mystery of who killed Venus Wilson together as well as reflect on the true intentions of the characters. Since it is told in the third person the reader must decide which narrator to trust and which ones they shouldn’t. The story aims to explore the nature of humans when faced with something like losing the person who has tormented you.