A seventeen-year-old struggles to remember the tragic night that changed her life forever in this twist-filled debut novel of psychological suspense for fans of Sharp Objects and The Last Time I Lied.
Evie and her uncle Jim have just moved to an isolated cabin in a remote beach town--a far cry from their hometown of Melbourne. But Evie isn't her real name. And Jim isn't really her uncle.
Jim tells Evie she did something terrible back home, that he's hiding her to protect her. But Evie can't remember anything about that night--for all she knows, he's lying. As fragments of her memory return, she starts to wonder if Jim is really her savior...or her captor.
In a riveting novel that fearlessly plumbs the darkest recesses of the mind, J.P. Pomare explores the fragility of memory and the potential in everyone to hide the truth--even from themselves.
A bad, bad thing has happened to 17-year-old Kate Bennet, the narrator of Australian author Pomare's outstanding debut, with even worse looming. Feisty Kate, who's from Melbourne, is trying to flee from a controlling older man she calls Jim, who is keeping her a virtual prisoner in a rural New Zealand hideout, ostensibly for her own good which is also why he claims he's shaving her head as a disguise and insisting she go by the new name of Evie. It's clear the pair's on the run, but from whom? And why? As Kate starts to spin her story, shifting between before she fell into Jim's clutches and afterward, she tries to piece together what happened that traumatic night and figure out the true nature of Jim's game and how she can finally escape. Although Pomare cheats a little toward the end, introducing two new voices to reveal what Kate can't or won't, the final pages stun with their gallows-drop plot surprises. Almost nothing will turn out as it initially appears in this devastating novel of psychological suspense.