A New York Times bestseller! Twin Peaks meets Riverdale in this twisty atmospheric mystery from the critically acclaimed author of A Lite Too Bright, Samuel Miller, about the search for a missing girl at an elite prep school.
Everyone knows Emma. Neesha’s her best friend, Aiden’s her basketball star boyfriend, and Evan’s her shadow, following Emma’s every move.
Emma stands out, which is hard to do at Redemption Prep, a school where every student has been handpicked to attend its remote campus in the forest of Utah. So when she goes missing in plain sight during mass, everyone notices.
And everyone becomes a suspect, especially at a school with so many rules: Don’t skip mass. Don’t break curfew. Don’t go into the woods.
Emma’s disappearance ignites an investigation, and Neesha, Aiden, and Evan all want to find her—for different reasons. But they each have their own secrets to hide, and not everyone wants Emma to be found.
As the search continues, the students start to realize that they’re not the only ones trying to hide something. Redemption Prep has secrets, too—secrets bigger than any of the students could have imagined, and Emma could be the key to finding out the truth . . . if anyone can find her.
When popular Emmalynn Donahue goes missing from elite Redemption Prep in 1995, it sparks a campus-wide manhunt as well as concern among friends and rivals at the Christian school, located on a remote Utah mountain. Among those concerned are her boyfriend, basketball star Aiden; her roommate, Neesha; and Evan, a student who's been stalking her. Did Emma find a way to escape the school, or was she taken? Was her vanishing connected to her selling an experimental study drug to most of the student body? As the mystery behind Emma's disappearance deepens, other secrets including Redemption's strange past and true purpose come to light, prompting Aiden, Neesha, and their new allies to seek answers and explanations at any cost. Miller (A Lite Too Bright) crafts an unpredictable, twisty story of ambition, competition, and manipulation. While a multiperspective approach, coupled with interview transcripts and student journal entries, allows Miller to get inside his characters' heads, slow pacing and a sometimes meandering story line may keep readers from becoming fully invested in the mystery. Ages 13 up.
I couldn’t put this book down. It sucked me in with an eloquent portrayal of scenery that makes the reader feel as though they are in the book, and kept me hooked with the mystery of what is happening at the school and if everything is really how it appears. The characters were well developed. I enjoyed following their arcs and the redemption stories of some. I would love to see this become the first in a series by this author.
didn’t hate the book but didn’t love it either