Lily Bennett is less than thrilled to be the new kid as she starts her junior year in high school. But soon after classes begin, she meets a classmate, Cole Drepeau, with whom she forms an immediate and intimate bond. As Cole and Lily grow closer, Lily learns about the murder that divided the town more than thirty years before. In 1985, graduating senior Amber Greeley snapped, killing her boyfriend Ben—Cole's uncle—and taking her own life. Lily feels inexplicably linked to Amber, and she can't help but think that there's more to the girl's story. Determined to investigate the truth about Cole's uncle's death, Lily and Cole are pulled into a dark mystery—one that shakes the constraints of the world they've always believed in. Masterfully told by best-selling author Victoria Laurie, this novel alternates voices between Lily and Amber, a generation apart, as decades of dark family secrets and treacherous betrayals are woven into the most epic of love stories.
Lily Bennett hates that she is the new kid at school. Her whole life has fallen apart after her father leaves and her best friend ends up dating her boyfriend. To make matters worse, she lives in the guesthouse of her wealthy grandmother. Her father's mother isn't exactly the stereotypical grandmother type. When she goes to school though, weird things happen. Even though she's never been to her new town, it feels familiar. Also she finds herself drawn to Cole Drepeau. Only later does she find out that his uncle was murdered tragically by a graduating senior, Amber Greeley, some thirty years ago. Lily feels linked to Amber as she has recurring dreams of that fateful night. She's determined to find out the truth even if that means disrupting the lives of those around her, including her own grandmother and father.
What worked: This is one fast-paced, intriguing mystery that had me guessing on the whys behind Lily's dreams and how they might be connected to a tragedy that happened thirty years old. I loved the twist on how Lilly might in fact be the reincarnation of Amber. That made sense with how she was able to just 'know' the town, people, and circumstances around her.
Lily at first struggles with why she seems to just know things. Her instant attraction to Cole at first seemed almost too sudden but once the reader gets into the story, the reason behind the dreams and her knowledge of the mystery clicks. Lily isn't one to just sit back and just accept her part in the mystery. Because she has to play a major part in solving the thirty year mystery in order to give Amber final peace.
There's betrayals, secrets, and twists in this story. Told though the point of view of Lily and Amber, the story comes together to reveal a secret that is totally surprising. I love when this happens!
Fast-paced paranormal tale where family secrets and betrayals are reopened.