Cover Reveal: Scared Little Rabbits by A.V. Geiger

About A.V. Geiger

A.V. Geiger writes contemporary young adult fiction. An epidemiologist by training, she first learned to code during a high school summer program for students pursuing STEM careers, and she has always enjoyed a professional life that combines both creativity and logic. Nowadays, when she’s not crafting thriller plots, she puts her tech skills to the best possible use by programming silly video games with her two children.

Her previous YA thrillers Follow Me Back and Tell Me No Lies are available now from Sourcebooks Fire.

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Thanks for having me on the blog! I can’t wait for readers to get their hands on my next YA thriller Scared Little Rabbits. If you’ve read my books in the past, you know what to expect: twisty suspense with a side of romance, and lots of fun mixed media elements to keep the pages turning late into the night.

The biggest difference with this story came down to how I approached my main character. In my last two books, main character Tessa represented a tough time I went through as an adult. With Scared Little Rabbits, I wanted to delve further back into my own past and reflect on what the “teen me” was like.

Enter Nora Weinberg. She’s bright and ambitious, full of confidence in her coding abilities, while hopelessly insecure about her social skills. She’s secretly a romantic and prone to intense crushes, but she has zero clue how to go about finding love.

That was me in high school. My STEM skills were advanced beyond my years, but I had yet to go on my first date…and I wouldn’t experience my first real kiss until college. (All of which might explain why I spent so much time reading romance novels and concocting elaborate stories in my head!)

Nora reminds me of my teenage self in so many ways. I wanted to create a character for all the late bloomers in the crowd, and I hope I did a good job representing us!

July 18
Winthrop Summer Maker Program — Day 18

We stand in a tight cluster, high above the lake. I couldn’t say how long we’ve waited here. Minutes? Hours? There’s no way of telling time, aside from the sun’s descent toward the horizon and the growing ache in the arches of my feet. The breeze feathers my hair, but otherwise I remain completely still — as unmoving as the shelf of solid granite beneath my tennis shoes.

I shouldn’t be here. Maybe I should go back down…

They warned us not to come, said not to leave our rooms. The program director’s email declared the whole campus under lockdown, but we gathered anyway. One by one, we made our way up the narrow trail to this forbidden spot — this place where beauty and danger intertwine. Now we stand shoulder to shoulder, watching and waiting. Nineteen summer students.

All but one.

No one makes a sound. Hushed words and nervous laughs have long since given way to silence. I can only hear the whisper of the wind and the crackle of the yellow caution tape fluttering against the rocks.

That tape wasn’t there the last time I came to this place. Its presence feels unnatural – too bright, too glaring — slashing through my view of the white, cotton-ball clouds that fill the sky and cast their shifting shadows across the landscape.


The bold, black warning seeps its way into my consciousness. It reminds me of that feeling during a dream, right before you wake — that flickering ember of doubt that catches hold and slowly spreads before the dream goes up in flame — that little voice inside your head that whispers: “Hey, Nora… Nora? Nora! Has it occurred to you that none of this is real?”

If only my brain would say that to me now. I keep waiting for it to happen, but the sick feeling in my stomach tells me that I won’t get out of this nightmare so easily.

I’m toward the back of the group behind the juniors and seniors. From my vantage point, I can’t tell what’s going on in the water below, but I have a view of Maddox’s profile. For once, his eyes aren’t covered up by glasses. He stares straight ahead, rigidly expressionless, casting his eyes downward over the cliff’s edge. A tic vibrates at the corner of his jaw. His face gives away no other hint of the emotions churning beneath the surface.

I wonder what that blank stare signifies. Hope? Fear? Guilt? I can’t begin to guess. I hardly know him, after all. The thought curdles inside my throat like sour milk. Last night, I thought I might be in love with him. What a joke. It’s only been a few weeks since the day we met — the day I first arrived at Winthrop Academy.

The girl beside him clasps Maddox on the arm, her fingers digging into the flesh above his wrist. I press forward and go up on my tiptoes to catch a glimpse of the water down below, as a whisper runs through the group:

“They found something…What is it…? Can you see?”

We all inch forward, craning for a better view. The surface of the lake looks calm and unbroken, except for the presence of the boat. From this distance, it reminds me of a bath toy I used to play with as a kid — a white, plastic replica of a powerboat with dark blue lettering across the hull:


We’re too far away to see the expression on the officers’ faces or to hear the words exchanged. But we can see the search diver emerge from beneath the water in his black wet suit. His flippers disturb the pristine surface as he paddles his way toward the boat. He swims with one arm stretched before him, holding out the sunken treasure that he’s exhumed from the depths below.

“Is it…” the voices all around me murmur, “Is it… Is it her?”

Cover design by Vanessa Han, Cover image by © Vladimir Muravin/Shutterstock

Title Scared Little Rabbits
Author A.V. Geiger
Pages 336 Pages
Intended Target Audience Young Adult (Ages 12 – 17)
Publication Date December 3rd 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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When Nora gets accepted into her dream summer program at the prestigious Winthrop Academy, she jumps at the chance to put her coding skills to use. But no one at Winthrop is exactly as they seem—least of all, the charming but mysterious Maddox, who invites her to collaborate on a project.

Then a fellow student goes missing, and the tech trail for the crime leads back to Nora. Running scared, Nora must race to clear her name and uncover the sordid truth…or she might be the next to disappear.

One response to “Cover Reveal: Scared Little Rabbits by A.V. Geiger”

  1. oh I love this! The way that the colours blend and the mystery aspects to it. It’s amazing.
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