Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard.
But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. It’s their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will’s sister after she died unexpectedly. It’s Will’s disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it’s the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family.
As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan’s death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.
When I first started reading this book, I thought Sadie and I were a lot alike. The thoughts that cross her mind are sometimes the thoughts that cross mine. For example when she sees their new house that’s on a hill, she wonders how easy it will be to make it up and down in the winter. I can relate to this. Then we dive more into Sadie’s life, and that’s where our similarities end.
Most of the chapters in the book are from Sadie’s perspective. Then Camille and Mouse get thrown into the mix. I couldn’t figure out who Mouse was. For awhile I thought she was Morgan’s stepdaughter, but I was wrong. Her perspective was hard to read because of everything she went through. She was only 6 years old.
At first I thought the reason they moved to Chicago was because Will’s sister committed suicide. The reality is Sadie, while reluctant to move, found out Will was having an affair. This is one of multiple reasons for the move. Now that the affair is out in the open, in comes Camille’s chapters. She’s the one having the affair with Will, and she is not one to be told what to do.
It didn’t take me too long to figure out who killed Morgan. In the end that wasn’t a shock factor for me, but there is so much more to discover than figuring out who the killer is. I would compare part of this book to a book I read last year, but that would spoil it for those who have read it. Overall I really enjoyed this read. There was enough suspense to keep me going once I got to a certain point where I knew what was happening. I will say the end shocked me a little bit, but I still enjoyed it.
Thank you NetGalley and Park Row Books for the digital ARC.
Grab your copy February 18, 2020.
Book Rating 4/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with The Collection Cabernet Sauvignon.