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Everything That Follows

By Meg Little Reilly

MIRA Books, on sale Tuesday, May 1st, $15.99

Meg Little Reilly has followed up her debut novel, the acclaimed We Are Unprepared, with an electrifying new psychological drama, Everything That Follows.

This gripping nail-biter provides an immersive plunge into the darkness beneath the veneer of civilized society when a drunken evening derails and thrusts its participants into a moral and ethical morass.

Martha’s Vineyard year-rounders gather in a bar one October evening. After midnight, two old friends, Kat and Hunter, and their new acquaintance Kyle decide in their inebriated state to continue¬† the party offshore.

It doesn’t take long for the mood to turn threatening. As impenetrable sheets of rain come down, someone goes overboard.

Was it a tragic accident or a case of foul play? The truth is hard to find.

What matters now, despite whether Kyle is a victim or villain, is calling the authorities for a rescue or recovery. Kat and Hunter choose to do nothing, crossing a line that can never be uncrossed.

They soon find themselves unmoored from the fallout from their silence and plagued by their compromised consciences. This is a situation in which they are in way over their heads, and their ability to sink or swim depends mostly on external forces, as well as their own commitment to self-preservation.

Everything That Follows, which is observed and executed with sharp precision, is at once a nuanced character study and a propulsive psychological drama.

A work in the tradition of Megan Abbott and Chris Bohjalian, this chillingly realistic tale ventures into the shadows to illuminate the gray area where survival extorts a heavy price, and those who pay it must learn to live with its cost.

Meg Little Reilly is a novelist, hiker, and environmentalist who previously worked in national politics and for several government agencies. She holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MA from George Washington University.

Currently, Reilly is a commentator for Vermont Public Radiop and lives in Hinesburg, Vermont with her husband and two daughters, and her webiste is

A gripping page-turner that you won’t be able to put down, Everything That Follows is blockbuster fiction at its most thought-provoking and sophisticated.


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