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Congratulations to Stephanie Perkins, whose newest thriller THE WOODS ARE ALWAYS WATCHING releases today from Dutton Children’s Books/Penguin Teen!

Bears aren’t the only predators in these woods.

Best friends Neena and Josie spent high school as outsiders, but at least they had each other. Now, with college and a two-thousand-mile separation looming on the horizon, they have one last chance to be together—a three-day hike deep into the woods of the Pisgah National Forest.

Simmering tensions lead to a detour off the trail and straight into a waking nightmare . . . and then into something far worse. Something that will test them in horrifying ways.

Stephanie Perkins, the bestselling author of There’s Someone Inside Your House, returns with a heart-stopping, gut-wrenching novel about friendship, survival, and navigating unmarked paths even as evil watches from the shadows.

But you don’t need to take my word for it! Booklist said “True to her previous book, There’s Someone inside Your House (2017), Perkins delivers a thrilling survival story about two teens just trying to make it to daybreak with their friendship—and their lives, too, as a horror beyond their wildest dreams lurks in the forest. The scares here are authentic, and the details meticulous, driven by a smart, distinct narrative voice. Hand this to fans of the film Midsommar or June Hur’s The Forest of Stolen Girls (2021), who will delight in the eerie world building, the disintegration and rebuilding of interpersonal relationships, and the unseen forces of evil that threaten to break two friends apart.”

And Publishers Weekly reports, “Perkins (There’s Someone Inside Your House) crafts a lushly immersive natural setting, highlighting the tranquility of the Blue Ridge Mountains as her characters proceed through an escalating series of dire situations. Violence is quite present, from the teens’ brutal capture to mentions of Josie’s father’s death by auto accident, but Perkins doesn’t linger on gratuitous gore, focusing instead on establishing tension and emotion in this rapidly paced dark thriller.”

Grab a copy today wherever books are sold! You can also contact Stephanie’s local indie Malaprop’s for signed, personalized copies. The official launch party is also being hosted by Malaprop’s at 6pm Eastern tonight!