MAYHEM: A YA feminist mash up ofThe Lost Boys and The Female of the Species coming from Wednesday Books/Macmillan July 14, 2020  

It’s 1987 and unfortunately it’s not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy’s constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem’s own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren’t like everyone else. But when May’s stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem’s questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good. But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.

Cover design by Kerri Resnick at St. Martin’s Press, illustrated by Nicole Rifkin

  Early Praise for MAYHEM

Laure’s prose is the ideal vehicle for a story of beaches, mystery and magic. I devoured it and recommend you get this into the hands of every girl you know immediately! -Kristen Gilligan Tattered Cover Bookstore  

“With Mayhem, Estelle Laure offers a beguiling, lyrical, beach-gothic page-turner. I loved every twist and turn of this story about the darkness that lurks beneath paradise. Mayhem is her best book yet.” – Jeff Zentner, acclaimed author of The Serpent King and Goodbye Days