The Lilies

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Perfect for fans of The Atlas Six and One of Us Is Lying, this queer dark academia mystery-thriller debut brings a Groundhog Day twist to the young adult space, as four seniors are forced to relive their darkest memories during a lockdown at their elite, all-girls school.

Archwell Academy is shaping the next generation of exceptional young women, and everyone knows that membership to the Lilies Society is the best way to secure your ticket to a successful future. But like every secret society, there is something dark at the Lilies’ heart—sometimes Lilies disappear. 

When four Archwell students find themselves trapped in a mysterious time loop on the day after the most recent disappearance, they discover that every one of them holds a clue that will unlock the truth of the Lilies. But they're each harboring a secret of their own. Something they would do anything to hide.

This fast-paced and compulsively readable mystery follows multiple unreliable narrators as they relive their worst memories and try to untangle the rot at the center of the Lilies’ origin…before it destroys their futures forever.

Quinn Diacon-Furtado is a writer and creator who explores gender, magic, intuition, and memory across multiple genres. A 2022 Lambda Literary Fellow, they have a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA in creative writing for children from Hollins University. They are best known for their portrayal of Danny Zuko in a 1998 summer camp musical revue of Grease.

"Graceful and vicious. This is the kind of book you'll want to read again the instant you've finished!" -Natalie C. Parker, award winning author of the Seafire series

"Diacon-Furtado’s debut is a dynamic dark academia with a time-bending twist. A compelling thriller, The Lilies is a reckoning of historically exclusive institutions and the secrets they keep. Incisive and compulsively readable."  -Kyrie McCauley, award winning author of Bad Graces

"A fresh, modern take on the time loop trope, exploring trauma cycles, the butterfly effect, and what it means to be truly seen. Fans of Karen M McManus and Holly Jackson will devour this compulsive, character-driven thriller." -Laura Steven, award winning author of The Society for Soulless Girls

"The Lilies is a chilling, no-holds-barred speculative mystery great for fans of We Were Liars and Our Crooked Hearts. I will be in a time loop of recommending this book over and over again." -Meagan R Thomas, Children's Book World

"An absolutely gripping boarding school horror/thriller filled with ghosts, lies, and well buried memories. This surreal, intergenerational mystery goes beyond the boundaries of time to trap you within the beautiful facade of Archwell Academy and its literal rotting underbelly of secrets." -Sydney Wilson, Little Shop of Stories, Atlanta GA


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