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What if the most terrifying person you know is your ten-year-old sister?

Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a diagnosable psychopath—clinically, threateningly, dangerously. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he’s the only one his sister trusts. Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and very good at hiding what she is and the violence she’s capable of.

Their parents, whose business takes the family from place to place, brush off the warning signs as Rosa’s “acting out.” Now that they have moved again—from Bangkok to New York City—their new hometown provides far too many opportunities for Rosa to play her increasingly complex and disturbing games. Alone, Che must balance his desire to protect Rosa from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Quickly races into psychological thriller territory that meets and beats The Silence of the Lambs for suspense.”

    Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An utterly compelling and wonderfully creepy exploration of the many faces of psychopathy. Rosa will stay with you long after you turn the last page.”

    Jay Kristoff, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A toe-curling psychological thriller.”

    Sydney Morning Herald

  • “Haunting…Che is a compelling protagonist and his love/hate relationship with his younger sister is something any sibling will find relatable.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Larbalestier offers a chilling contemplation on human morality…while incorporating sharp commentary on privilege, faith, gender identity, and race..”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A tense, thrilling rumination on the psychology of evil, this work manages to keep a suspenseful tone while also showcasing a burgeoning romantic relationship. There are also a wide variety of nuanced and complex diverse characters in Che’s New York City neighborhood. Rosa is a truly chilling figure, seemingly unpredictable in her violence yet methodical in her manipulations of those around her.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Riveting…This dark thriller is the 1956 film The Bad Seed meets 2016; readers will be simultaneously terrified when Rosa’s present and afraid to let her out of their sight.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A captivating exploration of family, fate, and the fight to outrun them.”


  • “A slow boil, moody and tense, with just the right amount of creep factor…The threat of violence from Rosa is suspenseful and truly terrifying.”

    Horn Book

  • “Larbalestier masterfully crafts a unique tale about a boy and his kid sister who bring old problems to a new city. It’s darkly funny, disconcerting, and absolutely brilliant!”

    Jason Reynolds, author of The Boy in the Black Suit

  • “Rosa is more frightening and more adorable than any villain you have yet met. Larbalestier is at her tricky, terrifying best in this novel.”

    E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Larbalestier reminds readers of her masterful gift for slippery, unreliable characters, while Che and company’s conversations about religion, diversity, and sexuality reflect the complex concerns of today’s youth. Mature teens and adult thriller fans will devour this suspenseful, chilling meditation on the roles of nature and nurture in creating dangerous criminals.”

    Shelf Awareness (starred review)

  • A 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year Selection for Young Adult
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