The Dark Place (Hardcover)

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Selected as a recommended title by the Kansas National Education Association's Reading Circle Commission!

Every secret comes to haunt you in this YA horror that combines the swoony romance and emotional resonance of John Green with the surrealist horror imagery and razor-sharp wit of Jordan Peele.

Seventeen-year-old Hylee Williams didn’t ask to disappear. But she did disappear, and not only that, but when she vanished from our world, she materialized in a dark, twisted version of the night that changed her life forever: the night her older brother went missing.

Just as Hylee realizes this moment could be the key to unraveling the truth about her brother, she’s yanked away from the dark place back to our world. Craving a sense of normalcy, she goes to a party with her best friend—where she meets Eilam Roads. Tall, handsome, and undeniably, inexplicably familiar, Hylee can’t help the pull she feels towards him. It’s a classic teen girl-meets-boy situation, until it happens again. She disappears, right in front of him.

Together, Hylee and Eilam investigate the truth about time, space, and reality, with Hylee increasingly convinced her time travel holds the key to saving her brother. But the more they learn, the more Hylee begins to see darkness lurking in her world—and in herself.

At once haunting and enchanting and entirely unforgettable, Britney S. Lewis's sophomore novel explores love, loss, and what happens when you stop hiding from your truth.

About the Author

Britney S. Lewis was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas where she fell in love with storytelling and the idea that magic moved and breathed in our world. After getting her Bachelor’s of Arts and Science, she worked in the world of marketing and communications for a few years before accepting a position as an editor for greeting cards where her job is to make sure to get the best words on paper. When she isn't daydreaming about new stories, Britney can be found binge-watching TV shows with her husband and pup or practicing West Coast Swing in one of her local dance studios. For more information, you can follow her on social media @britneyslewis or visit her website at

Praise For…

"Lewis’ genre-bending second novel offers equal parts star-crossed romance and spine-tingling science fiction horror . . . An ultimately hopeful story that shows love—in all its powerful forms—can conquer the demons of the past." —Kirkus

"Employing alternating past and present sequences, poetic first-person narration, and moody prose, Lewis builds a tense atmosphere shadowed by secrets unsaid. By deftly exploring the persistent echoes of a traumatic event on one family, Lewis emphasizes the healing power of connection and closure." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781368077736
ISBN-10: 1368077730
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: August 8th, 2023
Pages: 368
Language: English