What if the
secret to being charismatic were actually a gene you could inherit, and pass
along to your children. What if this "X-factor" could make you a
star? Welcome to the world of Cease de Menich, a sixteen-year-old actress in
New York City who gets cast as Joan-of-Arc in a reality-drama, only to discover
her "acting gift" has been passed down through her bloodline for
almost six-hundred-years. Cease finds the plot of the drama reveals dark
secrets from her past--an abusive mother, a brother who committed suicide--and
the reader must decide if she's a reliable narrator or a terrified girl who's
succumb to the pressure of fame and the abuse of her past.
Cease & Desist is a dark, contemporary YA thriller with a supernatural
twist. Readers of books like I Let You Go and The Girl on the Train will enjoy
this coming-of-age story, which struggles with the realities of sexuality,
violence as entertainment, and mental illness. Cease & Desist has excellent
crossover potential into the adult marketplace.