“Part coming-of-age story, mystery, and romance, this book has something for everyone.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Emotionally resonant…This thoughtful, atmospheric read will linger with readers.” —Publishers Weekly
“A twisty psychological drama.” —Booklist
For fans of One of Us Is Lying, this novel set during the summer in the small tourist town of Gold Fork features four teens all sharing one secret from their past—and one explosive truth that could change everything.
In a place like Gold Fork, sometimes a secret is the only thing that’s really yours.
Ana, Davis, Erik, and Georgie know that best. Bound together by a horrible tragedy from their pasts, they forged a friendship that has lasted through high school. In a town full of weekenders, they all know what it’s like to be dead enders, fated to stay trapped in a tourist destination for the rest of their lives.
But with the appearance of long-lost family members and an arsonist setting the town ablaze, it’s time to confront the fact that what brought them together years ago might be what ultimately tears them apart.
Because someone is keeping one last secret—a truth that could change everything.
A bustling Oregon resort town provides the backdrop for four friends navigating a pivotal summer in Saldin's (The Girls of No Return) emotionally resonant novel. High school juniors Ana, Davis, Erik, and Georgie are "Dead Enders," full-time Gold Fork residents gearing up for the intrusion of the Weekenders, who are anxious to take advantage of the town's sparkling lake. Georgie deals drugs to save up for her dream of taking her band to the city; quiet Ana struggles to understand her single mother; brainy Davis works for the local paper; and star athlete Erik just lost a scholarship, his best chance to escape an unhappy home life. A fire that destroyed an empty church two years earlier links these unlikely friends, and when a lake cabin burns down, too, arson is suspected, opening old wounds and threatening to reveal long-held secrets. Told in alternating first-person chapters, Saldin's novel poignantly explores the inner lives of four teens and the darkness and poverty that lie underneath the veneer of a golden summer. This thoughtful, atmospheric read will linger with readers. Ages 14 up.