Their reunion just became a crime scene . . .
June Moody, a thirty-something English professor, just wants to get away from her recent breakup and reunite with girlfriends over summer break. Her old friend and longtime nemesis, Sadie MacTavish, a mega-successful author, invites June and her college friends to a baby shower at her sprawling estate in the San Juan Islands. June is less than thrilled to spend time with Sadie–and her husband, June’s former crush–but agrees to go.
The party gets off to a shaky start when old grudges resurface, but when they wake the next morning, they find something worse: Sadie is missing, the house is in shambles, and bloodstains mar the staircase. None of them has any memory of the night before; they wonder if they were drugged. Everyone’s a suspect. Since June had a secret rendezvous with Sadie’s husband, she has plenty of reason to suspect herself. Apparently, so do the cops.
A Celtic knot of suspense and surprise, this brooding, atmospheric novel will keep you guessing as each twist reveals a new possibility. It will remind you of friendships hidden in the depths of your own past, and make you wonder how well you really know the people you’ve loved the longest.
My Mini Thoughts
I have always enjoyed a book that is based on friendships, especially college friendships! I met some of my closest girlfriends in college. I also love a good mystery to solve, and this was no exception, until it was.
Warning bells started ringing in my head right away. There had been so much tension between Sadie and June that you know something is going to explode during the weekend. I did like that June decided to put their differences aside to support her pregnant friend.
The mystery part of the story starts when the ladies wake up after a night of drinking and remember nothing. They then discover that they are not all present and accounted for. Sadie is missing. The strange part to me was that after they discovered the blood streaks, nobody was in a rush to call the cops. The girls wanted to solve the mystery themselves. Ok so your friend is missing, there is blood in the house, and you want to play detective?! Ok.
This may be the reason why I could not connect with any of the characters, and for me that’s not a good sign. I found myself putting this one down, starting another book, and then eventually coming back to it. I will say that the ending took me by surprise. I did not see that coming.
If you want to find out what happened to Sadie, grab your copy on June 9, 2020!
Thank you Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for my ARC.
Book Rating: 3/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely a Rosé All Day 2017.