I will admit that I was somewhat tentative about reading a book backwards because I could not imagine how that would work. We are introduced to the main character, Nicolette, in present time. She goes back to her hometown because her brother has asked for her help getting their childhood home ready to sell, to help pay for their fathers living facility. She has been back in Cooley Ridge for a couple of weeks when a local girl disappears, and we, the reader, are launched back a day at a time, for those two weeks. As the days go backward, we find out in bits and pieces about Nic’s friend Corinne, who had also disappeared 10 years ago. Could those two disappearances be tied together? As we read backwards, the truth unfolds, and I was enraptured with the story, and the history behind the actions of each character.
I was captured by each page of this book, and found myself going back and reading previous pages to try to understand, or remember each characters most recent actions, to make sense of the previous day’s tale. It was confusing at times, but it worked, because that confusion added to the tension the author built, as she led us to the first day of Nicolette’s arrival in Cooley Ridge. When The author led us to present day and the conclusion to the story, I was satisfied with the reveal, and happy with the ending. It’s rare when I am happy about the ending of a mystery. I finished this book before going to bed, and the story whirled around in my mind all night. I may not have gotten a good nights sleep, but for me, when a story sticks with you like that, it means it was a great one!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Simon & Schuster, through NetGalley, for my honest review.
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