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When eighteen-year-old Rose Morton and nine of her friends arrive in a castle nestled in the French countryside, far away from their NYC penthouses, they each get a welcome note in an envelope on their respective beds: "Welcome to France, where all your secrets follow you. Whose will come out first?" It is the first of many. Rose is intrigued by the mystery of the threatening notes. Even more so when they—and the secrets they reveal—prove credible. But not everyone feels the same, and Rose struggles to contain the fallout and keep the group united. Panic and suspicion push in on them, while they're no closer to knowing who's behind it all and why.
Then one of the notes reveals that the recent drowning of their classmate was no accident—and that the group knows the murderer.
Rose is grasping for a way to come out on top because it wasn't supposed to be like this, because she will do whatever it takes to make sure at the end of it all, the ten of them come out stronger and tighter than ever, and if anyone could fight back against an unknown, it was her because she was "Rose Morton, babe", and she wasn't about to let a few secrets, however damaging, kill the bonds between the only friends she has, and—god, if only the castle didn't feel so suffocating. Despite the Rose's desperate efforts to thwart the fallout of the notes, the secrets keep coming, one by one, testing the strength of the group's bonds and the closer they get to the last remaining secret, the more obvious it becomes that the most threatening truth isn't contained in the notes.
THORN IN THE ROSE, a XX,XXX word YA Psychological Thriller. It is inspired by and encapsulates the spirit of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Thank you for your consideration.