Payton Brave's twin sister, Dylan, has been missing for more than a year. So has Payton's memory.
Amid the turmoil of her sister’s disappearance, Payton feels lost as the one left behind. Her mental state wrought and reckless, she tumbles from the graces of popularity to the outskirts of high school society, where she attracts a rag-tag group of friends—and a troubling romance with her sister’s boyfriend, Cole.
Though Payton remembers nothing of the day Dylan disappeared, she must pry into her own mind when another missing girl’s body is recovered from a nearby lake, the victim’s features eerily similar to Dylan’s. The further Payton presses into the recesses of her memory, the more danger surrounds her. The darkness around her sister’s disappearance grows and the truth becomes more and more unbearable.
What she finds might just cost Payton her life.
Is written by award-winning actress Bailee Madison (Once Upon a Time, Bridge to Terabithia) and Reader’s Choice Award Finalist Stefne MillerFeatures forbidden romance, intense action, and high-stakes sacrifice
High school senior Payton Brave struggles with the disappearance of her twin sister, Dylan, in this underwhelming first novel from actress Madison and coauthor Miller. Payton was present the morning Dylan vanished from a bus bathroom in their small Mississippi town, but she has no memory of what happened. An angry Payton rebels against her "good girl" persona, watching her car go up in flames, changing her name to "Poe," and hanging out with the school misfits, including her sister's boyfriend, Cole. When Payton learns that two other girls matching Dylan's description have also gone missing, she feels the need to start her own investigation. Flashbacks to the preceding year let readers get acquainted with Dylan, but they will need to stay on their toes to keep track of the timeline as the narrative jumps around. Laden with extraneous detail and two-dimensional characters, this slow-moving mystery is further let down by clumsy writing ("It was Starr's expectation that she should attract more attention than Payton ever could, that drove Payton up a literal wall") and closing twists that are both predictable and strain belief. Ages 13 up.