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Publisher's Summary

A chilling thriller that puts listeners inside the mind of a teen sociopath on her prom night.

This content contains sensitive themes of suicide and mental illness that may be disturbing to some listeners. If you or someone you know is struggling with these issues, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255.

There’s a dress in Daisy’s closet. Silver. Low-backed. Tiny spaghetti straps. She’ll wear it to prom on the arm of Harris Zandari, the most gorgeous senior at her school.    

How did quiet, barely-there Daisy, land Harris Zandari? She watched him. She watched him so closely, and for so long, that she saw things no one else did. She saw through his charm, his bright, smiling face, to the sad, broken person underneath just waiting for the perfect sad, broken girl to complete him.    

Daisy was that girl. Not only because her mother died and everyone still felt sorry for her. But because she made herself perfect for him. She fashioned herself into his broken dream girl, and now, they were going to prom. And Daisy was going to make it a night she would never forget.

No one but Daisy knows this, but there’s another dress in her closet, buried in the back. Tea-length. Little cap sleeves.    

Funeral black.  

©2020 Lynn Vande Stouwe (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Lynn Vande Stouwe is a writer living in New Jersey. Her fiction has appeared in Jennifer Niven’s Germ Magazine, Young Adult Review Network, and Georgetown Review, among others, and has been recognized with awards from the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Open City. She grew up in South Carolina and loves horror movies, running in the dark, and the tiki bar she built in her garage.

About the Performer

Louisa Krause’s talent and versatility has established her as a face to watch. Krause appears in the upcoming feature film Here Today from writer, director, and star Billy Crystal. She plays Amber in Dash Shaw’s animated feature Cryptozoo alongside Michael Cera. She recently starred opposite Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway in Dark Waters, directed by Todd Haynes.
Krause’s previous film credits include Martha Marcy May Marlene, Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, Skin opposite Jamie Bell and Danielle MacDonald, New Money, Woman Walks Ahead opposite Jessica Chastain, The Phenom with Ethan Hawke and Paul Giamatti, Port Authority, Ava’s Possessions, Bluebird (Best Actress, Karlovy Vary Film Festival), King Kelly (Best Actress, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival), Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog, and Jane Wants a Boyfriend (Best Actress, Napa Film Festival).
On television, she starred in the critically acclaimed Starz series The Girlfriend Experience. She recently appeared on Showtime’s Ray Donovan opposite Liev Schreiber, and had a recurring arc on Showtime’s Billions. Her other television credits include HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, CBS’s Blue Bloods, and NBC’s Law and Order and Law and Order CI.
On stage, Krause originated the role of Rose in the Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award-winning play The Flick, directed by Sam Gold and produced by Scott Rudin, in two Off-Broadway runs and a run at the National Theatre in London. Other theater credits include lead roles in Charles Mee’s Iphigenia 2.0 directed by Tina Landau for Signature Theater and Neil LaBute’s In a Dark Dark House directed by Carolyn Cantor for MCC.

Dear Listener,

What inspired me to write this story?
"Who doesn’t get that little jolt when a new text message comes through? The vibration on your desktop, the light in the corner of your eye that pulls you from the paper you were writing, the dinner you were making...from the real world to the digital one. Layer onto this technology the evergreen struggles of adolescence or, more challenging yet, adolescent depression, and you get a time bomb. Murder by text. Can there even be such a thing? It’s most sensational when the would-be killer is a temptress: young, female, beautiful, with everything to lose and seemingly nothing to gain. In this story, I wanted to delve deeper into the why. What drives someone to send thousands upon thousands of messages to someone she supposedly loves, encouraging him to harm himself? Obsession? Pure evil? Or perhaps it’s more nuanced: a potent mix of angst, hormones, and the blurred boundary between the space you inhabit and the one you create on your smartphone." – Lynn Vande Stouwe, creator of Daisy Chains

What listeners say about Daisy Chains

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Like watching the train wreck

Author perfectly captures sociopathic Daisy’s cruelty and manipulation. Morbid and horrific, yet hard to turn away. It should be obvious from the summary, but ... trigger warnings on teen suicide and bullying. If Black Mirror isn’t your thing, pass on this. On the other hand, if you like this, then you may also enjoy A Eulogy for Pretzel (another short freebie) or even A Certain Hunger (a full length book from the sociopath POV that goes even farther down the dark trail- a little verbose and full of itself, but unique and twisted).

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Disturbing

The story was written well but it's awful. Damn near traumatizing. It's interesting seeing inside the mind of a sociopath like this though. I assume this generation has a lot of Daisy's walking around...

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In very poor taste

This is a ripped from the headlines story. The story it is based on is tragic. Every character is overly simplified and the dialogue is supposed to represent the narcissistic depravity of the main character and the absolute stupidity of everyone else. This story seems opportunistic and In extremely bad taste. Those of us whom have lost loved ones to teen suicide know the unrelenting guilt that persists. Suicide leaves questions unanswered and opportunities to intervene and help impossible. Some subjects need to be approached with levity and not dangerously reimagined.

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Ripped from the headlines

This is a retelling of a very sad story that happened recently. It’s just too soon for me. If I’d have realized where this was going I would NOT have even considered this.

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What in the world did I just listen to????

I wish I'd read the description of this story more before listening to it. It was very similar to a headline not long ago. This story has a lot of foul language, bullying, self-entitlement, shallow teen thinking and so much more that is wrong with that generation. Daisy is one of the most shallow and easy to hate characters I've read about in a long time.

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A short entertaining disturbance

I enjoyed this! Well written from the perspective of a demented teen. Made me wonder how many teens think this way in this current world of non reality we live in. Very good performance! I liked this short story.

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Excellent!

loved it! leaves you wanting more! great reading by story teller...any other suggestion from this author

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horrific

appalled that something like this could be published, don't our young people have enough going on in their minds/ world!

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Surprisingly Entertaining

very interesting story. kept my attention and felt like I got a new perspective on love. the wrong kid of love lol

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fine line between socio and psychopath

how do ppl who think this way Not see the inevitable ending?! nothing, Nothing, is every truly deleted from the internet! hitting 'delete' doesn't mean it's gone. not only that but, life is more like a soap opera than we'd like to think. mostly in how the truth Always comes out in the end ...

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