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Sadie meets One of Us is Lying in a mind-blowingly twisty, feminist thriller that will grab you from the very first page and keep your heart pounding until the shocking conclusion. We were like fire, the four of us. Catching each other's sparks until the flames grew, spread, raged beyond our control. We'll give them back the damage they left us with, burden them with the wei Sadie meets One of Us is Lying in a mind-blowingly twisty, feminist thriller that will grab you from the very first page and keep your heart pounding until the shocking conclusion. We were like fire, the four of us. Catching each other's sparks until the flames grew, spread, raged beyond our control. We'll give them back the damage they left us with, burden them with the weight of our pain. We may be temporarily broken, but we will leave them forever charred. Ashes to ashes. It wasn't the kidnapping that ruined Cass Adams's life. It was the letters that came after. The pink envelopes that appear in her car, her locker, her bedroom. Notes from the man she escaped, telling her that he's always there, always watching. And that someday, he'll be back for her. The police say there's nothing they can do, and Cass resigns herself to live in fear until she reconnects with three old friends-three girls ready to exact vengeance on those who wronged them. But the deeper Cass digs, the more shocking the truth becomes, especially when she discovers that the person who ruined her life may be the only one who can save it.


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Sadie meets One of Us is Lying in a mind-blowingly twisty, feminist thriller that will grab you from the very first page and keep your heart pounding until the shocking conclusion. We were like fire, the four of us. Catching each other's sparks until the flames grew, spread, raged beyond our control. We'll give them back the damage they left us with, burden them with the wei Sadie meets One of Us is Lying in a mind-blowingly twisty, feminist thriller that will grab you from the very first page and keep your heart pounding until the shocking conclusion. We were like fire, the four of us. Catching each other's sparks until the flames grew, spread, raged beyond our control. We'll give them back the damage they left us with, burden them with the weight of our pain. We may be temporarily broken, but we will leave them forever charred. Ashes to ashes. It wasn't the kidnapping that ruined Cass Adams's life. It was the letters that came after. The pink envelopes that appear in her car, her locker, her bedroom. Notes from the man she escaped, telling her that he's always there, always watching. And that someday, he'll be back for her. The police say there's nothing they can do, and Cass resigns herself to live in fear until she reconnects with three old friends-three girls ready to exact vengeance on those who wronged them. But the deeper Cass digs, the more shocking the truth becomes, especially when she discovers that the person who ruined her life may be the only one who can save it.

30 review for Out of the Fire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily Thiede

    I got another opportunity to read one of Andrea's books early (I begged. Shamelesslessly) and Out of the Fire did NOT disappoint. It's a rare and special book that can give someone full-body goosebumps on a sweltering summer day in the south, but this book did just that... more than once. Incredible. It left me completely torn between racing through it to unlock all of the twisty mysteries, and reading it slowly to savor her exquisitely crafted prose. I got another opportunity to read one of Andrea's books early (I begged. Shamelesslessly) and Out of the Fire did NOT disappoint. It's a rare and special book that can give someone full-body goosebumps on a sweltering summer day in the south, but this book did just that... more than once. Incredible. It left me completely torn between racing through it to unlock all of the twisty mysteries, and reading it slowly to savor her exquisitely crafted prose.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I was so excited to read an early copy of Andrea Contos' second book. She is an incredible writer whose words are poetic and messages stay with you long after you read the last page. I don't want to give any spoilers to this fierce, feminist mystery, but it is one of my top reads of the year. I was so excited to read an early copy of Andrea Contos' second book. She is an incredible writer whose words are poetic and messages stay with you long after you read the last page. I don't want to give any spoilers to this fierce, feminist mystery, but it is one of my top reads of the year.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Hartl

    I love this book so much!!! Not only is it gorgeously written, it’s an incredible thriller that kept me guessing until the very end. The characters are so compelling, you can’t help but root for all four girls as they carry out much due Revenge. I think I had a dozen theories running while reading this, and I was wrong on all counts. I couldn’t put this down! Fiercely feminist and full of unexpected twists, this is one of my favorite books, and I will read everything Andrea Contos writes until t I love this book so much!!! Not only is it gorgeously written, it’s an incredible thriller that kept me guessing until the very end. The characters are so compelling, you can’t help but root for all four girls as they carry out much due Revenge. I think I had a dozen theories running while reading this, and I was wrong on all counts. I couldn’t put this down! Fiercely feminist and full of unexpected twists, this is one of my favorite books, and I will read everything Andrea Contos writes until the end of time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    I was so excited to receive an ARC of Andrea Contos’ OUT OF THE FIRE, straining my eyes to read print instead kindle was completely worth it! After escaping abduction, Cass shuts out her friends and quits volleyball. When her kidnapper continues to stalk Cass, she gravitates toward former friends who are also victimized. They join forces to stop their predators—by any means necessary. Contos exceeds her debut an even stronger sophomore effort in OUT OF THE FIRE. Filled with nonstop tension and st I was so excited to receive an ARC of Andrea Contos’ OUT OF THE FIRE, straining my eyes to read print instead kindle was completely worth it! After escaping abduction, Cass shuts out her friends and quits volleyball. When her kidnapper continues to stalk Cass, she gravitates toward former friends who are also victimized. They join forces to stop their predators—by any means necessary. Contos exceeds her debut an even stronger sophomore effort in OUT OF THE FIRE. Filled with nonstop tension and steady, fast pacing, I couldn’t put OUT OF THE FIRE down. Cass is messy, flawed, damaged and sympathetic. She’s mad as hell and she’s not going to take it any more, despite also being scared. Her journey isn’t about vengeance, but ending different types of abuses and crimes she and her friends are experiencing. The plot of OUT OF THE FIRE has so many red herrings, all plausible because so many characters lack *character*. Like in real life, people aren’t always honest with those they love. They manipulate, stretch the bounds of personal and professional ethics, even though they’re generally good souls. Injured people, like Cass, sometimes go too far protecting themselves. Contos’ wordbuilding in OUT OF THE FIRE is gorgeous. I stopped several times to reread clever, gorgeous sentences. Contos is an automatic preorder. I’m going listen to the audiobook too. Mystery/Thriller lovers will enjoy OUT OF THE FIRE, an honest to goodness Thriller as well as a great Mystery.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pixie/PageTurners Blog(Amber) C.

    I didn't know what to expect going into this book... It is a one person(Cass) POV, about 4 girls fighting back. I wish we had POVs from the other 3 girls, but it works well just from Cass. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it kept me on my toes guessing about who the kidnapper/stalker was... but my favorite part of this story was the group of girls and how they are represented. I kept anticipating some stereotype to pop up (🥺) and the author kept flipping the script. I didn't know what to expect going into this book... It is a one person(Cass) POV, about 4 girls fighting back. I wish we had POVs from the other 3 girls, but it works well just from Cass. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it kept me on my toes guessing about who the kidnapper/stalker was... but my favorite part of this story was the group of girls and how they are represented. I kept anticipating some stereotype to pop up (🥺) and the author kept flipping the script.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yafict... OUT OF THE FIRE is a compelling YA thriller/suspense. Told from the perspective of Cass, the book discusses friendship, trust, family, mental illness, and fear. Cass's life changed when she was abducted a few months ago. She luckily escaped from the trunk of the car and ran until she found someone to help her call the police. Although she did not retain much information from the encounter, she felt lucky to have escaped - but then See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yafict... OUT OF THE FIRE is a compelling YA thriller/suspense. Told from the perspective of Cass, the book discusses friendship, trust, family, mental illness, and fear. Cass's life changed when she was abducted a few months ago. She luckily escaped from the trunk of the car and ran until she found someone to help her call the police. Although she did not retain much information from the encounter, she felt lucky to have escaped - but then the pink envelopes with notes from her kidnapper began to arrive. The police seemed to not believe her about the kidnapping nor the notes, so what do you do when they think you are lying? As Cass deals with PTSD from the kidnapping and the triggering notes she receives, she learns that one of her former friends is dealing with her own cruel guy - an ex-boyfriend who is blackmailing her to sleep with him and who had forced her into intimacy while they were together, which he is now exploiting. Knowing that all the fall-out will be on her, she is eager to end it. Soon, they find two other girls who have similar problems with guys in their life causing fear and pain. Together, they decide to get revenge. As they work on each, Cass also continues her search for her kidnapper, who seems to have unlimited access to her. What are the truths and lies behind it all? What I loved: This was really a story that keeps the reader on their toes, guessing as to who was behind the abduction and what is really happening. There were some twists that were easy to guess and others that I did not anticipate at all. It was fun to guess and be surprised along the way. The writing is really compelling and builds as the book continues, getting more intense as Cass continues to uncover clues and find danger. The themes are really thought-provoking, particularly around abuse of power and the terrible ways men can wield their power over girls. Beyond the ex-boyfriend and Cass's kidnapper, there is also an abusive stepfather and a white supremacist teacher. Although this story is ultimately one of revenge, the messages around these are also important as well as the feeling of powerlessness that comes from such situations. Other themes around mental illness (particularly PTSD), friendship, trust and its betrayal, and family also merit discussion. This is a story that wants to be talked about. Final verdict: Intense, fast-paced, and chilling, OUT OF THE FIRE is a YA thriller/suspense with thought-provoking themes that is sure to keep readers turning pages quickly. Recommend for fans of THEY WISH THEY WERE US, ONE OF US IS LYING, and THE GOOD GIRLS. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Cass was kidnapped. Nomi was abused. Margot was exploited. Ori was manipulated. Now, these four friends are taking their lives into their own hands and getting revenge on those who hurt them. Out of the Fire is a fast-paced YA thriller for fans of books like Sadie by Courtney Summers and The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. The book follows four morally-gray girls on their joint journey to retaliate against the men that harmed them. Each girl has her own distinct backstory, but they have created Cass was kidnapped. Nomi was abused. Margot was exploited. Ori was manipulated. Now, these four friends are taking their lives into their own hands and getting revenge on those who hurt them. Out of the Fire is a fast-paced YA thriller for fans of books like Sadie by Courtney Summers and The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. The book follows four morally-gray girls on their joint journey to retaliate against the men that harmed them. Each girl has her own distinct backstory, but they have created one kind of solution that should fix all of their problems. Ashes to ashes. Will you agree with every decision that Cass and her friends make? No. Will you find yourself turning the pages to find out what happens next? Absolutely. Yes. I devoured this book in only a couple of sittings. Once I started it, I knew that I'd have to finish it soon, because I'd need to know how it ends. This book was well-written, and, even as a seasoned thriller reader who often puts together the mystery, the story had several twists that I did not see coming. It also had some excellent red herrings. I felt emotion for and connected with characters that I thought I wouldn't be able to. The story came together well, with all of the loose ends coming together for a satisfying and fiery finale. Thank you to Andrea Contos for this ARC.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie Christensen

    Four girls on a quest for vengeance? I'm totally in. The main character, Cass, was easy to love, and I felt like I traveled with her as she tried to unravel the mystery of who tried to abduct her six months earlier and is now stalking her. She has a lot of love and support in her life, as well as some dud parental figures, but it's the kind of book where you really can't trust anyone. The many twists left me guessing right up until the last chapters. The story's got thrill, revenge, romance, ok Four girls on a quest for vengeance? I'm totally in. The main character, Cass, was easy to love, and I felt like I traveled with her as she tried to unravel the mystery of who tried to abduct her six months earlier and is now stalking her. She has a lot of love and support in her life, as well as some dud parental figures, but it's the kind of book where you really can't trust anyone. The many twists left me guessing right up until the last chapters. The story's got thrill, revenge, romance, ok - some gore, and friendship. The friendship between the girls was my second favorite part, the first being the twists. I'm a seasoned reader of thrillers, but several of these caught me by surprise. This book is great read that I highly recommend.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Apparently, I'm in the minority in considering the start of this book to be painfully slow. After things started moving, I grew more interested in the story, but even then, I wasn't in love with it, perhaps because of the way everything unfolds. Cass Adams was kidnapped and escaped five months ago, and ever since then, she's been afraid that her attacker will strike again. After all, he seems to see and know everything about her, and he continues to send her notes. Not surprisingly, Cass has ret Apparently, I'm in the minority in considering the start of this book to be painfully slow. After things started moving, I grew more interested in the story, but even then, I wasn't in love with it, perhaps because of the way everything unfolds. Cass Adams was kidnapped and escaped five months ago, and ever since then, she's been afraid that her attacker will strike again. After all, he seems to see and know everything about her, and he continues to send her notes. Not surprisingly, Cass has retreated within herself, avoiding almost everyone, including Noah, her once-romantic interest, and refusing to participate in extracurriculars such as volleyball that she once loved. But she's tired of hiding and decides to play a game of cat and mouse with her stalker. Along with three classmates--Margot, Nomi, and Ori--who have their own axes to grind against the men in their lives, she mounts a brutal revenge against each of their tormentors. This leads her down a dark path, but try as she might, she can't make complete sense of her suspicions. Each time she's sure that she has everything figured out, there's another twist or surprise. It even starts to be clear that her troubled mother, whom Cass hasn't seen for several months, might be involved in some way. Part of me admired Cass for taking justice into her own hands since she seemed unlikely to get it any other way, but another part winced at some of her actions and her lucky breaks as she made brief stops in the dark side of town. I'm sure many teen readers will love this one. Maybe I would have as well if it had been written differently.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thindbooks

    *This arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* I liked this book which is about a girl named Cass who is getting letter everywhere she goes from a man who kidnapped her and now lives in fear. This is a great feminist thriller novel with a good story. I just have to say that the writing was just not for me. I have to say even though the story was great, it was hard to get into it because the writing style was not for me. I enjoyed the setting of the novel and the ove *This arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* I liked this book which is about a girl named Cass who is getting letter everywhere she goes from a man who kidnapped her and now lives in fear. This is a great feminist thriller novel with a good story. I just have to say that the writing was just not for me. I have to say even though the story was great, it was hard to get into it because the writing style was not for me. I enjoyed the setting of the novel and the overall theme of the book. The mystery of the book was great and I enjoyed how it was hard to tell who the mystery person was. I just had a minor problem with not being hooked into the story as much as I wanted to be. This book is told in Cass' pov. I enjoyed her character and thought she was a brave character who had to go through a lot without really receiving any help. I enjoyed her character development in the book as she was such a fierce and powerful character. There were also some great side characters in the book that were very involved. I was also shocked to find out who the antagonist was in the story which was great for the writing part of the story. There is no romance in this book but the theme of this book is overcoming past trauma which I thought was amazingly done. The ending was great especially the point where the mystery character was revealed. I really enjoyed this book in the fact with the characters and the mystery but some parts of the writing kind of wasn't for me. I think that many readers will enjoy this book or even love it so I recommend checking it out. This book is perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and One Of Us is Lying.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I really wanted to like this. It sounds great! Girls banding together to take down the boys who hurt them! Twisty psychological! Brilliant. In practise, though, it was so twisty that I lost track of who we trusted, when, for what reason. There was a love triangle, because teenage boys are known for going after the grumpy, withdrawn girl who runs away every time they approach. There's some crazyness with maybe-her-mother. Cass makes decisions on a whim and rues them later, but never learns not to I really wanted to like this. It sounds great! Girls banding together to take down the boys who hurt them! Twisty psychological! Brilliant. In practise, though, it was so twisty that I lost track of who we trusted, when, for what reason. There was a love triangle, because teenage boys are known for going after the grumpy, withdrawn girl who runs away every time they approach. There's some crazyness with maybe-her-mother. Cass makes decisions on a whim and rues them later, but never learns not to do that again. It's not awful. The descriptions of Cass's emotions and state of mind were amazing. The support and friendship between the girls was absolute goals. Cass's father is also great. I didn't hate this. I just didn't love it as much as I'd hoped I would.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Out of the Fire was golden and I absolutely adored it. I especially loved how Contos wrote Cass and described her PTSD, anxiety, and paranoia after being abducted. The thing that really connected me to this novel and Cass was how the police reacted to Cass's abduction. Like Cass, I experienced something traumatic and the justice system failed me. And like Cass, when the police arrived all I heard was: "It was your fault. You shouldn't have done x. You have no one to blame for this but yourself. Out of the Fire was golden and I absolutely adored it. I especially loved how Contos wrote Cass and described her PTSD, anxiety, and paranoia after being abducted. The thing that really connected me to this novel and Cass was how the police reacted to Cass's abduction. Like Cass, I experienced something traumatic and the justice system failed me. And like Cass, when the police arrived all I heard was: "It was your fault. You shouldn't have done x. You have no one to blame for this but yourself. Why didn't you do x?" I am extremely grateful Contos accurately depicted the police like this because I know I am not the only one who the justice system has let down. Besides the police portrayal, this was filled with suspense and mystery from start to finish. I kept guessing who Cass's stalker was and each chapter made me believe it was someone different. I loved how Cass stepped out of her shell after months of being reclusive to take a chance on three girls and create a pack with them to get revenge on the people who wronged them. They realized life wasn't fair, the guilty are never punished, and if they wanted to see a change then they had to take care of it themselves. Thank you Edelweiss for an ARC.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Total page turner and I just needed to know who dunnit! The unravelling of clues and big reveal was satisfying. I think it's a cool book many will enjoy. The writing felt a bit disjointed and overly dramatic at times, but still recommend. Thanks to the publisher for a DRC! Total page turner and I just needed to know who dunnit! The unravelling of clues and big reveal was satisfying. I think it's a cool book many will enjoy. The writing felt a bit disjointed and overly dramatic at times, but still recommend. Thanks to the publisher for a DRC!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robin G

    It is very helpful to read the date because some days repeat themselves and others skip days. Out of fire is very interesting, what makes it so is how the plot keeps changing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kit Frick

    Chilling and utterly original, OUT OF THE FIRE is a fierce, hold-no-punches revenge tale as only Andrea Contos could tell it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Brito

    **This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.** Four young women out on a quest for vengeance against the men who hurt them? Yes, please. This book was everything that I was not expecting. It was so well written and kept me on the edge of my seat up until the very last page. I can’t wait to read more by this author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Auriane Desombre

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jamie McHenry

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Rodkey

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Booth

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jason Muckley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rajani LaRocca

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alison G.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

  27. 4 out of 5

    Na

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kenzie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amber

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steff Fox

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