“The walkers had seen the kayak on the morning news, but they still needed to see it in person. It marked the end of a saga that had gripped them for months. They’d looked forward to the trial that would never happen now, because the seventeen year old girl – the seventeen year old murderer, most were sure – now rested somewhere beneath that rocky expanse of ice.”
Summary: The main character, Riley MacPherson, spends most of her life believing that her older sister, Lisa, committed suicide as a teen. However, as she gets older her father passes away and she begins to find clues that show her sister may be alive. Basically, she goes down this rabbit hole to determine if her sister is even alive – and if she is why is she hiding? You learn that Lisa was a musical prodigy and was planning to attend Juliard after high school. However, she is accused of murdering her violin instructor and will be standing trial for his murder. At the time, her father worked for the US Marshall’s office and helps fake her suicide and gets her out of town.
But y’all. That ending though. It’s so good, I can’t even type it out. You just have to read it.
My Thoughts: Oh My God. Did I love this book? A huge HELL YEAH! It is full of twists/turns that are laid out so wonderfully that they tie together like a braid. I read this book in one weekend because I was in that rabbit hole with Riley, needing to know what the hell was going on and where her damn sister was! You meet many quite interesting characters along the way; Danny – the troubled war vet, Tom – who is quite the asshole and Jeannie – who appears to be a family friend harboring a few secrets.
“No matter how many people care about you, she thought, if you can’t be open with them about who you truly are, you’re still alone.”
“Growing up in a household where something is terribly wrong, you feel the weight of that mysterious something even though it’s unspoken. It eats at you. Confuses you. It leaves you wondering if your view of the world will ever make sense.”