Not Dead Enough

Girl in Pieces meets Cracked Up to Be in this raw and candid look at trauma about a girl who is being haunted and stalked by her definitely dead ex-boyfriend.

Charlotte survived the car crash that killed her boyfriend Jerry, but that night, everything changed. Charlotte wants desperately to get back to “normal,” –whatever that means now– and start reconnecting with friends she hasn’t spoken to in months. And she’s trying to work through her PTSD with the help of her therapist, only she can’t tell the truth about Jerry or what really happened the night he died.

Just when Charlotte thinks she might be moving on, someone starts sending her threatening messages claiming to be Jerry, saying things only he would know. But it can’t really be Jerry because there’s no such thing as ghosts. The cold spots in her room must be a draft and the noises she hears must be the house creaking. There has to be a logical explanation for all of it. Because if ghosts are real, then Jerry came back for her—just like he always said he would.

Not Dead Enough is a gripping exploration of trauma from debut author Tyffany D. Neiheiser about a girl who realizes that running from the past will help you survive, but everything you try to escape will eventually find you in the end. Perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Kathleen Glasgow! Authors note included.


"This fast-paced thriller is an exploration of the ripple effects of trauma and abuse and how the unspoken past can rise up and haunt the present...the steady buildup of Charlotte’s frustration and fear will keep readers turning the pages."


"[T]he pacing makes for a riveting page-turner with genuinely scary and nerve-wracking scenes.... Goosebump-inducing and thought-provoking"


"[C]onjures genuine terror while delving into the complexities of grief and cycles of abuse.... a harrowing and fresh foray into the thriller genre."

Publishers Weekly

"Purchase where thrillers are popular."

School Library Journal

"The plot builds with increasingly chilling tension while still tending to the emotional heart of the story [...] an unsettling story of the unseen hauntings of trauma and violence."

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"NOT DEAD ENOUGH is an impressive thriller debut that starts with a punch and keeps readers engrossed until the very last pages."

Fresh Fiction

"Whether or not you believe in ghosts, Not Dead Enough deals movingly with what it takes to heal from past abuse and the shades of those who linger on in our memories, causing pain instead of evoking warmth and love. Tyffany D. Neiheiser is definitely a writing talent to watch."

Criminal Element

"A gripping thriller that had me racing to the end. A story of past trauma, this book is heartfelt, timely, and relevant, all while being a real page-turner."

Kirsten Perrin, author of How to Solve Your Own Murder