I read this highly anticipated (to me) book this past weekend, and I’m still processing my thoughts on it. It goes a little like this…What in the heck did I just read?!!
We already know this book is about Julie who goes missing. Presumed dead, a funeral was held. Not so fast! Julie mysteriously shows up on her front porch after two years with no memory of what happened. Naturally.
Julie is still friends with her college girlfriends Mae, Molly and Elise. They suggest a girls weekend is in order, so off they go to the Catskills. This hotel you guys! I can’t even do it justice! The rooms are themed! One is gothic chic, another is jungle…you get the gist. There needs to be photos of this hotel!
Anyways, Elise arrives alone and Mae and Molly arrive together. They are not prepared for what they see when Julie shows up. Malnourished is the understatement of the year! She’s also sporting yellowed point teeth! Yikes.
Shortly after their arrival hotel staff begin to disappear. Elise also pops in on Julie feasting on raw meat not looking quite like herself. Think dislocated jaw and more sharp teeth.
So this wasn’t really what I thought it was going to be. The part I wanted to know the most was what really happened to Julie. You will find out, in the last few pages. This one is out now!
Book Rating: 3/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.
A group of friends reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance in this edgy and haunting debut.
Julie is missing, and the missing don’t often return. But Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and she feels in her bones that her best friend is out there, and that one day she’ll come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.
Along with Molly and Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong—she’s emaciated, with sallow skin and odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who—or what—is she?