Author: Carrie Grant
Publication Date: January, 2014
Driving home from a high school math competition, the last thing Emily expected was to get trapped in a caved-in tunnel. Yet when the dust settles, she soon finds there’s even more going on than a math nerd could have calculated. Only a few other cars survived the cave-in, leaving her trapped with a team of plumbers, a cranky old man, a Governor, and a family of five. An older boy named Chris also managed to survive the cave-in...but his bright blue eyes seem to be watching everyone just a little too closely.
As the hours tick by and the water runs out, the survivors struggle to wait for the rescue team. But Emily had seen something just before the tunnel collapsed, something that makes her realize that this cave-in was no accident. She is trapped with the killer of hundreds of innocent people–with nearly a mile of solid rock blocking every exit.
"Stop fidgeting, Emily," Mom says, and I tuck my hands in my lap. She shoots a glare at me and the car veers slightly over the painted white line. I keep my eyes on the left hand wall, watching our progress. We're not even halfway through the tunnel.A low, steady rumble has me looking around again. My mom heaves a sigh as I turn, but she holds back frrom reprimanding me. Her eyes dart around the tunnel as well, searching for the source. It sounds like a distant train, but the noise grows louder and louder, the ground shaking underneath our speeding car."What the-"The whole tunnel begins shaking, our car vibrating wildly on the pavement. Bits of concrete and rocks dislodge from the tunnel walls, pelting our car and the road around us. The noise rises to a deafening pitch, the car shaking and jumping as we drive over fallen rocks."Stop the car!" I scream as the ceiling up ahead collapses. Something tumbles onto the passenger side of the car, ripping the side mirror from my door. One of the twins lets out a shriek and my mom slams on the brakes. sending the car into a tailspin, tires screeching and sliding on the pavement. The seatbelt pulls tight against my chest, holding me as I'm slung to the left by the wild momentum. There are moans and screams and sounds of breaking glass - then the sickening crunch of metal as we come to an abrupt stop.My airbag explodes, sending a rush of of air and plastic toward me. My mom's does as well. And those are the only sounds.For a moment no one moves. We're stunned into silence. One last falling rock taps our windshield, exploding a deep crack across its surface. The glass crackles a little more, then falls silent as well.
About The Author:
Carrie Grant is a 26-year-old young adult author from Manhattan, New York. She lives there with her older sister and their cat, Felix. Carrie has been writing since she was in her teens, but she is only recently published. She writes for strong, but soft, female leads and loves mystery, adventure, and romance.