Twisted Circles Read online Claire Contreras (Secret Society #2)

Categories Genre: College, Dark, New Adult, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult Tags Authors: Series: Secret Society Series by Claire Contreras
Total pages in book: 90
Estimated words: 87357 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 437(@200wpm)___ 349(@250wpm)___ 291(@300wpm)
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Twisted Circles (Secret Society #2)

Author/Writer of Book/Novel:

Claire Contreras

Language:
English
ISBN/ ASIN:
B07YL2QG4G
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When someone tells you who you are, do you believe them?
The first question the cops asked me was if anything out of the ordinary happened to me lately.
When I woke up this morning in the room of a mental institution I couldn’t remember a thing – not my name nor how I got there. Not how I left or how I ended up in that interrogation room.
The only thing I knew came from the contents inside my bag. A wallet, a student ID, a key that opened an unknown door, and two notebooks.
They tell me my name. It matches my IDs.
They tell me my story. I shut my eyes and try to piece it together, but can’t.
They tell me why they picked me up in the first place. They thought I was my sister. My brain stays stuck there. I try to rewind and fast-forward, as if my memories were on a videotape, but it’s no use. I can’t recall having a sister.
They put me back in the car and drop me off in front of a mansion they call The Manor and I discover what the mysterious key in my backpack opens the front door, and just as quickly wish I’d never unlocked it at all.
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Secret Society Series by Claire Contreras

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Claire Contreras



Prologue

They were forging a fire between us, as if to make sure we knew our place.

It was the first time in my life that I stood still. Probably because it was the first time that I truly felt the weight of responsibility resting on my shoulders. My last name carried integrity, honor. It was one of the reasons I was the president of the secret society. When they asked me to do something, I did it. I wasn’t compelled by a moral compass that others seemed to have. I only knew facts and calculations and those were the things I used to ensure I could do whatever was asked without getting caught.

It was what the men before me would have done. I followed a lineage of men who had led and fought in revolutions. Skilled workers who made money long before I was born. Plaques, busts, and photographs adorned my homes growing up. Reminders of what I should aspire to be like, of what others who came before me accomplished. Some would say that that in itself was a responsibility. The knowledge that not meeting certain requirements by a certain age meant failure. It was the sum of all of those things that drove me to try harder, to be better, to push myself to beat my twin in all things academia, since my brother had me beat in contact sports and other things.

But, as I stood there, my gaze on the licks of the flame, I realized I didn’t know a thing about responsibility. And worse, I didn’t want it. If being responsible for someone was going to make me feel this helpless, I’d rather not have it, because as she stepped toward the fire and stood still on the other side of it, my heart leaped into my throat. I knew that there were only two things I could do and both ensured the same outcome: we were all doomed.

Chapter One

They say we’re all cut from the same cloth. That, if we examine the photographs that depict our lives, tilt them a certain way, maybe squint hard enough, we can see how similar we all are. People love to analyze every fiber of a person’s existence in an effort to understand them better. As if breaking down our stories and magnifying the faults in their paths will bring us answers as to why we end up the way we do. Maybe they’re on to something. Maybe others should be held accountable for our truths, our faults, and our actions. The problem is when the things we do don’t add up to the person they would like us to be, they stake us.

I was told that my life started in a prison cell, so it should come as no surprise that twenty years later, a prison holding cell is the very place it began to unravel. I’d been brought in two hours ago. No one had even bothered to glance in my direction, regardless of how loudly I demanded answers, because that cloth we’re all cut from shows no similarities in this lighting. I closed my eyes and thought back to two hours prior to this, when I was minding my own business and walking to my car before I was picked up by the police officer. My mind was so foggy, I could barely remember how that even happened. Had I argued with them? Was that why they’d arrested me? At the sound of dress shoes, I sat up straighter, and looked up when I saw the detective come full stop in front of the cage I was in.

“Miss Guerra, I’m Detective Barry, and I have a few questions for you.” He unlocked the door and held it open.

I stood, my joints complaining about the movement after the lack of it for so long, and walked over to him, following him as he led me into a room I knew for a fact was being recorded. It had a glass wall, a table, and two chairs. I may not remember much about last night or the night before, but I remembered watching enough docuseries to know I was being interrogated and I had no idea why. A prickle ran through me.

“Am I in trouble? I didn’t do anything.” I froze at the door. At least I didn’t think I did.

“Really?” His gaze swept to mine quickly, eyebrow arched. “I was told you were resisting an officer.”

“Because the officer had no right to arrest me. I was walking home. I’d done nothing.”

“Let me be the judge of that.”

My grip tightened on the doorknob. “I need a lawyer.”

“We’re just talking, Miss Guerra. You won’t need a lawyer for this.”

“That’s what they all say.”

“You’ve been arrested before. Trespassing.” He read off the papers in his hand and looked up at me.

“I was sixteen.” I’d been alone and hungry and temporarily homeless after Karen kicked me out, and yes, I’d squatted in an empty house. I wasn’t proud of it, but the beds were still in there and it was between owners.

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