Vicious Rumer: Haunted. Hunted. Cursed. You've Never Met Anybody Like Rumer Cross

by Joshua Winning

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Jessica Jones meets Dragon Tattoo in a thriller that'll keep you up all night!

A fresh and fiercely unique thriller, Vicious Rumer features one of the most complex and unusual heroines in years. The ruthless and independent Rumer Cross is a snarky survivor whose moving story explores notions of identity, family, death and redemption.


Scraping by working for a dingy London detective agency, she lives in the shadow of her mother, a violent criminal dubbed the ‘Witch Assassin’ whose bloodthirsty rampage terrorised London for over a decade.

Raised by foster families who never understood her and terrified she could one day turn into her mother, Rumer has become detached and self-reliant. But when she’s targeted by a vicious mobster who believes she’s hiding an occult relic, she’s drawn into the very world she’s been fighting to avoid.

Hunted by assassins and haunted by her mother’s dark legacy, Rumer must also confront a terrible truth: that she’s cursed, because no matter what she does, everybody she’s ever grown close to has died screaming…

‘An exhilarating read’ – SFX

‘Violent but whip-smart… This thrill-ride will delight and enthral’ – heat magazine

‘It’ll keep you up all night’ – Closer

‘Introduces a truly badass heroine to the world of YA’ – Book Riot

‘Bloody good and at times just plain bloody’ – Teen Librarian

‘Brutal, stylish and relentless’ – Chris Whitaker, author of ALL THE WICKED GIRLS

‘I loved the “horror movie” vibe the author brings to this horror thriller mash up’ – Goodreads reviewer

‘A tour de force that adds an unforgettable heroine to the YA cannon’ – Goodreads reviewer

‘Immersive writing, unpredictable plotting and a brutal sense of reality even though it is fantasy, Vicious Rumer was a great one-sitting, one-afternoon read. I’d quite like more’ – Goodreads reviewer