Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

Coming February 2019!

A new teen book series by Stacy A. Padula will debut with Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told. The series is set in the same world as Montgomery Lake High but covers a three year time span. The main characters include Taylor Dunkin, Cathy Kagelli, Marc Dunkin, Jason Davids, Lisa Ankerman, and Chris Dunkin.


In high school, Taylor Dunkin broke more records than any other athlete to step foot in Montgomery, Massachusetts. As a sophomore in college, he was ranked by ESPN as one of the NFL’s top 100 prospects. However, his aspirations came to a jarring halt when a knee injury and two surgeries left him sidelined.
One year later, Taylor is a person of interest in a highly confidential investigation headed by the Boston Police Department. He has entangled himself in a crime ring notorious for pushing opiates, cocaine, and benzodiazepines on local college campuses. When Taylor’s younger brother Marc discovers that Taylor is behind the copious drug supply circulating around Montgomery Lake High School, he sets off to not only reverse the damage Taylor has caused, but also save his lifelong role model from becoming a casualty of America’s deadly opioid epidemic.

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The Gripped book series will be available for purchase
At Barnes & Noble and Amazon