Christopher is seven years old. Christopher is the new kid in town. Christopher has an imaginary friend…
Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out.
At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.
Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, returns with an epic work of literary horror—look for Imaginary Friend October 1st from Grand Central Publishing (US) and Orion Publishing (UK), and get started with an excerpt below!