Kit Corrigan lives to dance, hoping to become a Broadway star. Rejecting her family and her boyfriend Billy, Kit leaves Providence, Rhode Island, and moves to New York City. Eating only apples to survive, she’s stunned when Billy’s dad, Nate Benedict, a fancy trial lawyer, shows up with a key to an apartment that Kit can use. It’s not too long before Kit finds out what he wants in return: she is to be the link that will restore Nate and Billy’s broken relationship. In the meantime, she is given the chance of a lifetime to step into the famous position of a Lido chorus dancer. All she has to do is comply by granting Nate increasingly frequent “favors.”
Kit’s insecurity, rooted in the death of her mother and her aunt’s disappearance, leads her into a thickening web of misunderstandings and betrayals. Tensions increase with the growing menace of the McCarthy hearings and the looming Korean War. Secrets are revealed, producing arguments, threats, murder, and unexpected deaths that hold the reader’s attention nonstop. Strings Attached is a gripping YA historical novel that is a riveting read for adults as well as teens.