Books by Stacy A. Padula

Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told

In high school, Taylor Dunkin broke more records than any other athlete to step foot in Montgomery, Massachusetts. As a sophomore in college, he was ranked by ESPN as one of the NFL’s top 100 prospects. However, his aspirations came to a jarring halt when a knee injury and two surgeries left him sidelined.

One year later, Taylor is a person of interest in a highly confidential investigation headed by the Boston Police Department. He has entangled himself in a crime ring notorious for pushing opiates, cocaine, and benzodiazepines on local college campuses.

When Taylor’s younger brother Marc discovers that Taylor is behind the copious drug supply circulating around Montgomery Lake High School, he sets off to not only reverse the damage Taylor has caused, but also save his lifelong role model from becoming a casualty of America’s deadly opioid epidemic.

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The Right Person (Montgomery Lake High Book 1)

While Chris Dunkin’s parents travel freely for business, his older cousins Jordan and Taylor are left in charge. A parentless household provides the perfect venue for Jordan, a senior in high school, and Taylor, a junior in college, to throw parties that soon become infamous in Montgomery. After two years, Chris—donned “the life of the party” by his popular group of friends—begins high school with a responsibility to live up to his reputation. Deep down inside, however, he wants more than that.


When Darkness Tries to Hide (Montgomery Lake High Book 2)

When a supercell strikes Massachusetts, students at Montgomery Lake High School are in complete disarray. One day later, the popular class president Andy Rosetti is in a coma and his classmate Jason Davids feels responsible for the tragedy. Guilt moves Jason to examine his own life and realize that recreational drug use has led him to a dark place; he believes if he had been sober during the tornado, he could have prevented Andy’s accident. Jason seeks out the help of his former best friend Chris Dunkin, who abandoned the partying scene to center his life on family, football, and faith two months prior. Together, Jason and Chris formulate a plan to save Andy’s life, but to carry it out, they will need a miracle. The doctors say Andy may not make it through the weekend.


The Aftermath (Montgomery Lake High Book 3)

At age fifteen, Jason Davids appears to have it all: high grades, popular friends, a beautiful girlfriend, and nearly any worldly thing that promises enjoyment at his disposal. Despite this, there is a persistent emptiness inside his heart. After failing to fill the void with achievements, relationships, and illicit substances, Jason finds himself intrigued by Jessie: a rather quiet girl, who is the daughter of a local pastor. How is it possible that she stands for everything his lifestyle opposes yet possesses the one thing he has been searching for all along?


The Battle for Innocence (Montgomery Lake High Book 4)


Jordan Dunkin, a high school senior, and Taylor Dunkin, a junior in college, are left to care for their younger cousin Chris, while their aunt and uncle travel freely for business. A parentless household provides the perfect venue for Taylor’s infamous “ragers.” As Chris and his friends become exposed to the drugs and alcohol that blanket the parties, they are met with temptations beyond anything they’ve ever experienced.


The Forces Within (Montgomery Lake High Book 5)

After being trapped inside his own body, unable to communicate with anyone but his own thoughts, Andy Rosetti finally wakes up from the coma that controlled his life for one month. But upon awakening, Andy finds himself and his friends in an unfamiliar setting: a mansion riddled with secrets and supernatural forces. As his friends fall prey to the entities surrounding them, Andy must figure out if the darkness lies within the mansion’s walls or within the people surrounding him