Becca has always longed to break free. Free from her backwater hometown. Free from its small-town gossip and dead-end lives.
But the horrifying discovery of a dead body—an outsider, Amelia Anne, battered and broken—on the morning after graduation sends Becca into an unexpected tailspin. As the violence of the real world creeps close to home, Becca retreats, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.
The details of Amelia Anne’s final, harrowing moments play out against Becca’s own out-of-control summer as Becca and Amelia’s parallel stories twist the reader closer and closer to the horrifying truths of Amelia’s last days.
This emotionally arresting, sexy, and raw debut tells the vivid story of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge.
“This layered and exquisitely written story explores the fallout from the murder as well as the dark side of love. Actions have real consequences in Rosenfield’s novel, and her suffocating smalltown setting is powerfully and chillingly evoked.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A perceptive, contrapuntal character study with a light thriller flavor—utterly compelling.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“The violence in this book is brutal and intimate, but never voyeuristic—don’t be surprised if you physically recoil yet can’t stop reading… Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone blends elegant writing and brutal behavior into a sharp and haunting novel.” — Bookpage