Tender Beasts (Hardcover)

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After her private school is rocked by a gruesome murder, a teen tries to find the real killer and clear her brother’s name in this psychological thriller perfect for fans of The Taking of Jake Livingston and Ace of Spades.

Sunny Behre has four siblings, but only one is a murderer.

With the death of Sunny’s mother, matriarch of the wealthy Behre family, Sunny’s once picture-perfect life is thrown into turmoil. Her mother had groomed her to be the family’s next leader, so Sunny is confused when the only instructions her mother leaves is a mysterious note: “Take care of Dom.”

The problem is, her youngest brother, Dom, has always been a near-stranger to Sunny…and seemingly a dangerous one, if found guilty of his second-degree murder charge. Still, Sunny is determined to fulfill her mother’s dying wish. But when a classmate is gruesomely murdered, and Sunny finds her brother with blood on his hands, her mother’s simple request becomes a lot more complicated. Dom swears he’s innocent, and although Sunny isn’t sure she believes him, she takes it upon herself to look into the murder—made all the more urgent by the discovery of another body. And another.

As Sunny and Dom work together to track down the culprit, Sunny realizes her other siblings have their own dark secrets. Soon she may have to choose: preserve the family she’s always loved or protect the brother she barely knows—and risk losing everything her mother worked so hard to build.

About the Author

Liselle Sambury is the Trinidadian Canadian author of the Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalist Blood Like Magic and its sequel, Blood Like Fate. Her work spans multiple genres, from fantasy to sci-fi, horror, and more. In her free time, she shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through a YouTube channel dedicated to demystifying the sometimes complicated business of being an author.

Praise For…

"The dark, shocking secrets of the Behre family will have readers craving more."
— Booklist

A Black Canadian private school student tries to solve a series of gruesome murders connected to her family.

Seventeen-year-old Sunny Behre is good at fooling people. After the death of her mother, Ainsley, Sunny embraces her role as the perpetually smiling golden child among the five siblings. Her family owns Behre Academy, a Toronto private high school that depends on donations to educate young people in need. With Ainsley gone, Sunny considers herself the ambassador for the school. When Dom, her younger brother, is charged with murdering his girlfriend, Ainsley’s loss feels even more pronounced. One day after school, Sunny stumbles upon the chilling sight of the mangled body of a fellow student—and Dom, who’s been released while awaiting trial, with blood on his hands. Dom maintains his innocence, and although Sunny isn’t entirely convinced, she races to uncover the actual killer. As the campus body count ramps up, Sunny realizes that Ainsley kept secrets, including details about a violent night that changed Sunny’s parents’ young lives forever. Told through Sunny’s first-person narration, Sambury’s latest taps into the skin-prickling discomfort of a slasher film to explore the heavy inheritance of generational trauma. Identity, the intersection of race and privilege, and the nuances of class are handled with care, though the rules governing the supernatural elements are not fully explained.

A creepily potent story of a family legacy that gives terrifying shape to monsters real and imagined. (Horror. 14-18)
— Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781665903523
ISBN-10: 166590352X
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: February 27th, 2024
Pages: 416
Language: English