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A dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night.
Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are unquestionably strange. Ever since they disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a month a later with no memory of what happened to them, odd, eerie occurrences seem to follow in their wake. And they're changing. First, their dark hair turned white. Then, their blue eyes slowly turned black. They have insatiable appetites yet never gain weight. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful, and inexplicably dangerous.
But now, ten years later, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school on time--something her two famously glamourous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing without a trace, leaving behind bizarre clues as to what might have happened, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren't the only ones looking for her though. As they brush against the supernatural they realize that the story they've been told about their past is unraveling and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed ten years ago, might just be calling them home.
Filled with evocative detail, Sutherland's (A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares) dark fantasy teems with eerie atmosphere and questions that have potentially undesirable answers. Iris Hollow, 17, is the youngest of three sisters, who "each black eyes and hair as white as milk." Ten years prior, Grey, the eldest, now a fashion icon and supermodel; musician Vivi; and quiet Iris disappeared without a trace for a month while with their parents in Scotland, only to return in exactly the same place. The girls who returned were different, with no memory of what happened, and each gifted with a strange power of influence. Now, with Grey missing and a mysterious bull-skulled man stalking their steps, Iris and Vivi must follow the scant clues Grey leaves behind in order to find her. Heavy topics, including parental alienation, suicide, feelings of isolation, substance use, and bullying, attend Sutherland's carefully crafted fantasy world. Readers who are both delighted by stories of the uncanny and are undeterred by detailed explorations of decay will find themselves enchanted. Ages 12 up.)\n