Rachel Carter launches a mind-blowing time-travel trilogy with her YA novel So Close to You.
Lydia Bentley doesn’t believe the rumors about the Montauk Project, that there’s some sort of government conspiracy involving people vanishing and tortured children. But her grandfather is sure that the Project is behind his father’s disappearance more than sixty years earlier.
While helping her grandfather search Camp Hero, a seemingly abandoned military base on Long Island, for information about the disappearance, Lydia is transported back to 1944—just a few days before her great-grandfather’s disappearance.
Lydia begins to unravel the dark secrets of the Montauk Project and her own family history, despite warnings from Wes, a mysterious boy she is powerfully attracted to but not sure she should trust.
Carter's debut, a Full Fathom Five property, uses real-life rumors of a secret WWII-era government project as the basis for a romantic time travel story. Seventeen-year-old Lydia Bentley's great-grandfather disappeared more than 60 years ago in a rumored government experiment known as the Montauk Project. Exploring Long Island's Camp Hero, the supposed site of the project, with her grandfather, Lydia stumbles into a time machine that catapults her back to just before her great-grandfather vanished, forcing her to decide whether to risk saving him and altering the future. Adding to Lydia's dilemma is Wes, a mysterious and handsome Project operative who she is attracted to, but isn't sure is trustworthy. Parts of Carter's plot are too convenient Lydia lands back in time exactly six days before her great-grandfather vanishes, and she quickly befriends her great-great aunt and other ancestors. Readers will be hooked, though, by the colorful details of life in 1944, the palpable feelings between Wes and Lydia, and a cliffhanger twist at the end that sets up the next book in this planned trilogy. Ages 14 up.