It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly. The only thing is: they didn’t do it. On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.
What worked: Think Pretty Little Liars meets the recent news story of friends who stabbed a friend as a sacrifice to their obsession to Slender Man. Only the sacrifice here is to a fantasy world based on a novel.
I totally can see this as a Lifetime movie. It has suspense, action, and a mystery behind who really brutally killed a girl in a small town some five years old.
I really liked how Oliver uses the point of view of the surviving friends. She goes back to the time leading up to the murder to the present. There's a lot going on in the small town now. Resentments, hatreds, and scapegoating two young girls for the murder. Only nothing is what it seems.
This fast-paced novel had me on the edge of the seat. I couldn't put it down as I wanted to know who really killed Summer. I admit I was surprised at the reveal at the end. There's lots that readers glimpse behind the scenes. What secret was Summer holding? Why was she so insistent on playacting out a fantasy novel in the back woods? And finally, what really happened that fateful day?
Edge of your seat suspense, a story of two friends trying to put together the missing pieces and solve who really killed their best friend five years ago.