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Twelve-year-old Mouse Gamma has spent her entire life struggling to communicate. She’s never understood how to stop the bullies and negligent foster parents without causing more trouble than it’s worth. That is until she discovers the magic of code—a language that’s more powerful than anything she’s ever imagined.

To everyone’s surprise, Mouse is anonymously chosen to attend the prestigious Rickum Academy—an incubator for the brightest and most promising young minds in tech. Her excitement is short-lived as the mystery of how she ended up at Rickum very quickly unravels around her, threatening the safety of her new life and the innocent lives of those around her. With the help of her new friends, Ada and Boone, Mouse is in a race against her classmates, her teachers, and the most powerful man in tech to not only uncover the truth about who she is, but who she is not.


I Know You Love Me, Too circles around two half-sisters, Ingrid and Kate, eight years apart, whose shared father dies when Ingrid is twenty and Kate, twelve. As Ingrid struggles with her artistic identity and love life, the hairline cracks in Kate’s seemingly perfect life widen. Told from varying perspectives, I Know You Love Me, Too follows Ingrid and Kate through their lives, loves, and their attempts to understand their inheritance of mysteries and memories left behind by their dead father. As Ingrid muses in Friday Harbor, the relationship between half-sisters should be half as complicated… but they’re not.


“Peter Topside did a fantastic job of setting the stage for the reappearance of some of the first two books’ characters, and I like how the tension is constantly being ramped up as the story progresses. The right amount of tweaking with the pacing and tension can have a significant effect on how surreal a scene appears to the reader and the author had excellent control over both aspects. Scenes were vivid, unnerving, and overall, just how I love them in books in this genre. The characters were well written too, and John Smith’s dark humor was a nice touch to an already memorable character. Other members of the cast had their own unique quirks and personalities, so I was also pleased with the character development. In conclusion, this was an interesting book, and fans of the series are in for a treat.”

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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