Lisa Unger has written a book surprisingly different from any of her others I've read. It's not [quite] as dark and it this standalone is highly recommended.
The two main characters don't cross each others' paths until we near the end. But as the story builds, we're on the edge of our seat waiting for it to happen.
I had to remind myself that just because she didn't end the book the ways I was personally hoping she would, it doesn't mean it's not excellent. Probably better than the endings - I did have more than one preferred ending - I was crossing my fingers for.
I found myself caring about Kate and her family, really rooting for her. Her mother was a different story, beginning to end, so intolerant or anything and anyone that was not her. And then we've got Emily who I hoped would listen to that voice we kept hearing in her head - the strong one. But, save for an instance or two, she was unable to defeat what was bringing her down. She had so many chances. But...the book wouldn't have been a book if she'd just "done the right thing".
The other characters were well developed too. I was drawn to Sean and to Chelsea and Lulu (I really dug this sullen one) and their relationship. The way the scene played out when each one couldn't believe that the other didn't see herself as they did. I hope they remain best friends even after this tragedy.
The one thing that maybe I just missed...someone that was patrolling around on the dock and was not heard from again. Was he found? I know this is vague, I didn't want to have to flag for spoilers. Someone will know what I mean.
Great standalone. Thank you!
Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of fifteen novels, including the latest psychological thriller THE RED HUNTER.
Her books are published in twenty-six languages worldwide, have sold millions of copies and have been named “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Goodreads, Amazon.com, Independent Booksellers, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Sun Sentinel to name a few.
Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and Travel+Leisure Magazine. Lisa Unger lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with her husband, daughter and labradoodle.