When 17-year-old Reese first moved to the wealthy, lakeshore town of St. Clair over five years ago, she never expected someone like Charlotte Walters to take her under her wing. Charlotte is everything that Reese is not: rich, gorgeous, and carefree, living with her enigmatic older brother and her parents in a mansion at the top of the lake.
But when senior year starts, everything seems off. Reese notices that Charlotte's older brother Aiden keeps coming back from college to hang around on weekends, stoic and grim. And Charlotte's parents seem more distracted, almost lost. Meanwhile, Charlotte keeps insisting to Reese that nothing is wrong, and decides to host a Halloween party with the theme of "missing girls".
That night, at the party, Charlotte goes missing.
Everyone who attended becomes an instant suspect, from Charlotte's brother (who argued with Charlotte earlier that night), to Charlotte's field hockey teammate (who wasn't invited to the party in the first place), to Reese herself (who was the last person to see Charlotte alive, out near the lake).
With the clock ticking, Reese must unravel what happened to her best friend, and dig through the layers of secrets protecting people in St. Clair. Because now, being the quiet sidekick won't cut it. And maybe only an outsider to St. Clair can truly confront all of the town's dark mysteries.
"A thoroughly enjoyable read. Readers will be waiting with anticipation for future volumes." (Kirkus Reviews)
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4 out of 5 stars
When Reese moved with her Mom to the wealthy community of St.Claire five years ago she was shocked that the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Charlotte Walters wanted to be her friend. Charlotte is the light in the school, everyone follows her around like moths to a flame but Charlotte picked her and wanted to be HER best friend.
Come Senior year though something is off about Charlotte. Normally she is bright and bubbly but when she came back from a vacation she was quiet and distant. She seems obsessed with death and dying but though Reese sees that there is something different she doesn't think it is that drastic until Charlotte disappears the night of her ghost themed Halloween party.
After Charlotte disappears Reese begins to go over everything. She will stop at nothing to find her friend. She can't be dead can she?
I only gave this four stars because there are still two more books in this series so I plan to grade as a whole after the last book.
Well written story that draws you in
The story is very enjoyable. Its enjoyability compiles as the small community of St. Clair is racked by a mysterious disappearance. The cast of characters pull you in as they are shown through the protagonist, Reese. Theres always more than meets the eye to them, but its up to the reader to follow the clues and the unique responses these well realized characters express.