Summary (from Goodreads):
“Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Stella came back. Jeanie never did.
Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush—until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.
Stella believes remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t.
She used to know better than to believe in what slinks through the shadows. Not anymore.”
This is an incredibly fun and creepy book. I loved the fact that, for most of the book, we didn’t know if we were dealing with a person, a monster or a cult. I also enjoyed the idea that Stella’s whole life has been completely changed and marked because of an event that she can’t even remember. (And I can’t even imagine what that’s like—how would you ever be regarded as anything other than “The one who lived”? You’d have to leave town for college and never go back.)
My only real complaint about this book is the fact that Stella focuses just as much on her relationship with this guy she used to be friends with except now he’s not popular but she thinks she might love him but how does he feel about her? And it’s like, “STELLA THERE IS ACTUAL DANGER HERE MAYBE FOCUS ON DATING LATER.”
Does every book have to be a love story? Can we stop that trend now? There doesn’t always have to be romance. And I think this novel would have been much, much better if there hadn’t been that particular aspect to it.
Even so, this was an incredibly entertaining (and surprisingly unsettling) novel.