A tropical island full of secrets. Two Victorian ghosts, trapped for eternity. And a seventeen-year-old girl determined not to be next.
Eulalie Island should be a paradise, but to Addie Spencer, it’s more like a prison.
Forced to tag along to the remote island on her mother’s honeymoon, Addie isn’t thrilled about being trapped there for two weeks. The island is stunning, with its secluded beaches and forests full of white flowers. But there's something eerie and unsettling about the place.
After Addie meets an enigmatic boy on the beach, all the flowers start turning pink. The island loves you, he tells her. But she can’t stop sleepwalking at night, the birds keep calling her name, and there’s a strange little girl in the woods who wants to play hide-and-seek. When Addie learns about two sisters who died on the island centuries ago, she wonders if there’s more to this place, things only she can see.
Beneath its gorgeous surface, Eulalie Island is hiding dark, tangled secrets. And if Addie doesn't unravel them soon, the island might never let her go.
Utilizing the mystery, allure, and beauty of a tropical island paradise, Lesperance (The Wide Starlight) deftly cultivates a menacing tale with a hint of horror. Seventeen-year-old Addie is on track to be one of the country's best women free divers until an accident, which renders her dead for eight and a half minutes, derails her plans. Afraid to leave Addie home alone, her mother forces Addie to accompany her and her new stepfather on their honeymoon to Eulalia Island. Despite the awkwardness and relative isolation, she soon befriends 15-year-old Billy and his older brother, Sean, sons of the island's caretakers. As Addie explores the environment, strange things begin occurring; birds literally call her name, and flora change color and inexplicably bloom in places where Addie's blood drips from a cut on her leg. Addie immerses herself in the island's history while growing closer to Sean, but as the bizarre events increase in frequency, she worries that she might not leave this tropical getaway alive. With florid literary flair and a keen attention to detail, Lesperance offers unique twists on well-loved supernatural tropes while compassionately exploring friendship founded on shared trauma and Addie's search for herself beyond diving. Characters present as white. Ages 14–up.