This is definitely a great book to put on your summer reading list!
Avery has spent her life in Littleport, Maine, where the wealthy holiday over the summer and are catered to by the working-class folk like her, who live there year-round. For a decade, she’s been close friends with Sadie, the daughter of one of the wealthiest families who summer in the town and own the majority of the rental houses there. But one night after a party, Sadie is found dead.
The police determine that it was suicide. Avery doesn’t buy it.
One year later, as Avery begins searching for the truth of what happened to her friend, the local detective turns a suspicious eye towards her, and her checkered past isn’t helping her case.
Someone knows more than they're saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before the facts get twisted against her.
This novel is on the lighter side, but it does ‘lighter side’ incredibly well, with excellent plotting and pacing. The mystery slowly unravels in an exceptional way, while moving back and forth between two parallel timelines, one year apart. And the characters were compelling enough for me to get absorbed in the narrative. I especially liked that Avery is something of an unreliable narrator, with a few bad deeds in her past, attempting to fit into a social class that she feels is not her own.
I’d definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a solid mystery with lots of twists and turns to bring to the beach with you this summer. It’s coming out very soon – June 18!
A huge thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the Advanced Reader Copy!