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The Building That Wasn’t releases

July 16, 2024.

Pre-order it now in print, ebook, and audiobook formats at the links below!

This story only ever has one ending.

When Everly Tertium encounters a strange man in the park claiming to be her grandfather, she is invited to visit a mysterious apartment building. There, she finds herself in a constant state of déjà vu, impossibly certain that she’s already lived through these moments, already been introduced to these people, and already visited all of these rooms and floors. So why does she have no idea what’s happening to her?

The longer she stays in the building, the more Everly becomes convinced there is more going on than meets the eye. Something is off, time seems to pass differently, and the people living there seem trapped. Slowly, Everly begins to wonder if she is trapped too. But would she even want to leave, if she could?

For readers who enjoy Vicious by V. E. Schwab, This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, and The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart.

Praise for The Building That Wasn’t:

“[T]antalizing and surreal . . . Miles takes her time teasing out the building’s bizarre powers, while the intrigue surrounding the origins of its otherworldly residents keeps the pages turning. This genre-bending mystery satisfies.”

Publishers Weekly

“Reminiscent of the mindbenders by Lauren Beukes, The Building That Wasn’t now lives

rent-free in my head, no broker fees, first and last deposit down.”

—Clay McLeod Chapman, author of What Kind of Mother and Ghost Eaters

The Building That Wasn’t is many things: a fable about belonging and curiosity, an exploration of an endlessly fascinating building, and a twisty sci-fi debut that leads readers through ever more mysterious doorways. Just like Everly Tertium, readers will find themselves torn between their desperation to know what happens next and the awareness that danger hides around every corner. Abigail Miles has created a novel that feels like the most engrossing dream.”

—Sara Flannery Murphy, author of Girl One and The Wonder State

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