The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin

The Rules of SurvivalImagine a monster terrorizes you and your younger sisters day and night. Not the kind of monster who lives under your bed or in your closet. You just wish it were that simple, that the monster could be waved away by turning on the light and dispelling the darkness. But this monster doesn’t disappear so easily. This monster locks you and sisters in a room when it goes out, this monster screams and throws things when its angry and while it doesn’t often hit you, the threat is always there. You’re sick of being scared of the monster. You wish there was a way to make it go away forever. So you start looking for someone to help save you from it, but that’s not so easy. Because the monster…is your mother. Matthew, Callie and Emmy hope that their mother’s new boyfriend, strong and gentle Murdock, is the one who will finally save them from the monster. But when the relationship goes sour, Matthew discovers that, even with Murdock’s help, Matthew is the one who must save himself and his sisters from the monster that is their mother. Gripping and disturbing, this nail biter will have you quickly turning pages to find out if Matthew can outwit and outrun his greatest fear—his beautiful, terrible, manipulative mother.

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