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The Stella who emerges from the rubble of the bombing in Montana is a woman full of conflict. She knows she should be grateful that she lived when others didn't, but after waking in the hospital as a celebrity, complete with a new moniker, she's bitter and distrustful, questioning everything in her life. She's unsure of her friends, her new boyfriend, and her job. In addition, a face from the past reappears and threatens to take the one good thing in her life.
Stella attempts to deal with the new scrutiny of her life with her usual sense of humor, but she's filled with a new emotion that she tries desperately to hide: HATE. Her recovery is hastened by her determination to find the man who turned her into a walking scar. She's going to kill him; she needs to kill him.
Stella isn't alone. She has her close friends and her dog, Cooper. Will their support be enough to help Stella accomplish her plan, or will this endeavor be her undoing?
Later that afternoon, when Cooper was doing the potty dance, she decided she’d put it off long enough. She was tired of hiding inside the house, and so was Cooper. He was at the front door, jumping from one foot to the other. Stella grabbed his leash and pulled George’s Nationals hat on down over her eyes. She shoved her rain boots on her bare feet and opened the front door, automatically looking down as the flashes went off. Cooper growled at a photographer that was standing too close. Stella jogged across the street and walked Cooper in the park, trying to ignore the cameras following them. She was sure this picture would be everywhere tomorrow.
“Stella! Cooper!” They called over and over in order to get them to turn their way. They even knew her dog’s name.
Hate. Her entire life was infected because of him. It was absurd. The rage was a constant, like a sharp pebble in her shoe. She felt it every time she took a step, when she woke up, when she tried to smile.
Cooper did his business. She wondered if a picture of Cooper taking a shit would be on the cover of a magazine somewhere or if this was trending on twitter.
Stella pulled the cap down farther on her face, shielding her eyes. She and Cooper hurried back to George’s house and closed the door behind them.
About R.L. Griffin:
R.L. resides in the Atlanta area with some cool dudes: her husband, son and two dogs. She was born and raised in the South. She attended Georgia Southern University and moved to Washington, D.C. to intern in the United States Senate during the impeachment trial. Falling in love with the city, she went to law school at American University, Washington College of Law. By A Thread is R.L.’s second book, but is the first in a series of books.
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