🔮 Read as part of the OWLs Magical Readathon for the Divination prompt- random number generator for your TBR. This was the lucky winner!
Thankfully the random number generator chose this for me because it isn’t necessarily what I would have reached for otherwise.
It is especially interesting to me because I had planned on reading this for last years OWLs, but changed to a different book instead in planning my TBR. I guess one way or the other I was meant to read this for OWLs!
This story was fascinating to me for multiple reasons. One being that I was very pleasantly surprised that I was wrong on a key factor as to how I thought this story would go. Leah felt like an unreliable narrator to me and I thought this would go the path of “she cray”. I was extremely pleasantly surprised that’s not how things turned out!
The build up was a sort of slow burn and it took me a little to settle into the story. I adored that all of the threads began to connect and that the twists made sense. So many times in thrillers there are out of left field twists and red herrings that do not feel natural, but I believe these all did.
The drawback for me was that the ending was the story sort of just stopping. I wouldn’t have minded more of a closure. It was lacking an epilogue in my opinion because I felt it cut off too soon. It ended much too abruptly.
Still, this was a very solid thriller and I am definitely a fan of the author and will continue to read from her as I feel her writing style is engaging and she plays on your previous experiences as a reader in the genre in a sort of wink wink, nudge nudge way that delights me as a reader.
Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.
Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.
Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?