All the Little Liars

All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris Read Free Book Online

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Authors: Charlaine Harris
football stadium. Then we’d cruised past the Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Burger King, and every other fast food place where kids hung out. We’d checked out the Finstermeyers’ house, just in case. We’d gone past the Cinema Super Six. We’d even checked out the nearest mall, ten miles closer to Atlanta, which I avoided like the plague after Thanksgiving Day.
    We didn’t see Josh’s car, a black 2010 Camaro, anywhere.
    I’d dredged up the names of a few of the kids Phillip had brought home or talked about, and we’d been by their houses; I knew where most of them lived.
    And we didn’t find the kids or the car.
    On our way home, I called Beth and told her what we’d been doing and that we’d found nothing. Beth was still at home with her thirteen-year-old, Jessamyn, and she had given up any pretense that everything was normal. “I’ve called the police station,” she said, a hitch in her voice. “They haven’t had any accidents reported this afternoon. And I called George, he was already on his way home from the office.”
    George Finstermeyer worked for the federal government in downtown Atlanta, and he took an express bus both to and from his job, leaving his car at the bus station most days so Beth wouldn’t have to fetch him. That was the extent of my knowledge about George.
    â€œGood,” I said. “If he knows of any other place to search, we’ll be glad to go there. I guess now we’ll head back to the house. We’ve looked everywhere we can think of to look.” I hesitated, realizing I was about to cross a line. “Could Jessamyn suggest any places we might check out?” I asked. That was the nicest way I could think of to ask if Jessamyn knew where her brother and sister were, or if they’d told their sister to keep a lid on that knowledge.
    â€œI would put bamboo slivers under her nails if I thought she knew where they were,” Beth said frankly. “She talked to Joss, but only about Joss’s hair appointment. But when I can be calm, I’m going to have a heart-to-heart with her.”
    â€œOf course,” I said, though privately I was wondering where I could find some bamboo slivers. “I’ll talk to you soon. I am so going to ground Phillip for the rest of his life.”
    â€œMe, too, when I see them,” she said, and started crying. We both hung up.
    I called the police myself. I explained the situation to the officer who answered the phone. She advised me that teenagers often didn’t let their parents, or their half sister, know what they were doing. I reminded her that three teenagers were missing, not just one, and they were all reliable kids with no history of causing trouble. I may have been a little forceful.
    â€œYour brother’s name is Phil Teagarden, have I got that right?” she said in a long-suffering tone.
    â€œNo,” I said through gritted teeth. “His name is Phillip. Phil is our father.”
    When Robin and I walked into the house, it was six forty-five and had been dark for a long time. Robin’s meeting was at seven, and I told him he should go. The group wouldn’t meet again for a month because of the holidays, and he was president and founder, so he needed to be there. After some debate, he agreed, but made sure I would call him if I heard anything. Of course, I said yes. He made himself a sandwich and ate it standing, and then he was out the door.
    If I’d asked him to stay home, we would officially have had a crisis. I still had some hope that Phillip would walk in the door at any moment, looking abashed and with a simple explanation for his absence. Flat tire in an area with no bars? Something like that.
    So I sat on the couch and watched the front door. I wasn’t hungry at all. Robin texted me every twenty minutes to let me know he was thinking about me.
    Truthfully, it was almost a relief to have him gone for a

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