It starts like any other day for Jess. Get up, draw on eyeliner, cover up tattoos, and head to school. But soon it's clear that this is no ordinary day, because Jess's best friend, Eden, isn't at school . . . she's gone missing.Jess knows she must do everything in her power to find Eden. Before the unthinkable happens.
So Jess decides to retrace the life-changing summer she and Eden have just spent together. But looking back means digging up all their buried secrets, and she soon begins to question everything she thought the summer had been about, and everything she thought she knew about her best friend . . .
A tense and moving journey through friendship, loss, betrayal, and self-discovery, Eden Summer, will plunge its way into your heart and stay there forever.
Sixteen-year-old best friends Jess Mayfield and Eden Holby have enjoyed a lot of good times, but lately they've needed to support each other through some very difficult events. When Eden goes missing from their Yorkshire tourist town, Jess realizes that she may not know everything about Eden. Written like a mystery, Flanagan's tense debut novel interweaves the stories of two tortured girls, each with her own secrets, who use their unwavering friendship as a shield against the world. After Eden disappears, Jess must confront her own demons a random attack that keeps her recoiling from human contact and a budding crush on someone who she knows is out of bounds in order to find her. The story is structured over the course of a day, and the time-stamped chapter headings add a sense of urgency while the author carefully fills in the gaps of the narrative. Flanagan is careful not to reveal too much too soon, leaving readers guessing as to what really happened to Eden until the very last page. Ages 12 up.