Compulsive, brilliantly crafted thriller from an amazing debut author.
Wallis Stoneman was born Valentina Mayakov. She was adopted by a wealthy American couple as a small child and thrust into a world of luxury in New York. She had a new father and a mother who adored her. But it didn't take long for Wallis to begin questioning her Russian heritage – and wondering who her real parents were. Soon, she began rebelling against a life that didn't feel like her own.
Now, a sixteen-year-old Wally has turned street-kid, squatting with a group of fellow runaways in abandoned buildings and hawking stolen goods for money. When, in the search for a fake ID, Wally comes across a clue from her past, her passion for finding her biological parents becomes an obsession.
She'll stop at nothing to find her Russian mother. Even though her Russian father, Klesko, is a gangster. And he'll stop at nothing to kill Yalena Mayakov, who gave him a child and stole his fortune. Moreover, he'll kill anyone who gets in his way . . . even his own blood.