“A page-turner of a thriller with a smart, compelling heroine.” —Kirkus
“This novel is more than a murder mystery. It's about self-empowerment, acceptance, and the strength to be found in female friendships.” —School Library Journal
“A crafty, well-paced thriller. The novel’s finale is appropriately fiendish—and also unexpectedly uplifting.” —Publishers Weekly
Cat hasn’t been to Montgomery Falls, the town her family founded, since she was twelve years old. Since the summer she discovered she could do things that no normal twelve-year-old could do. Since she had her first kiss with Riley Fraser. Since she destroyed their friendship.
Now, five years later, she’s back and Riley has disappeared.
When Noah, Riley's brother, asks for help in discovering what happened, Cat is torn between wanting to learn the truth and protecting the secret that she’s been guarding ever since that summer she and Riley stopped speaking. Only one choice will put her in a killer’s sights…
This engrossing mystery with a hint of the supernatural is perfect for fans of The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas and Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.
Mary Catherine Montgomery a self-deprecating New Yorker with a taste for vintage and indie music narrates this crafty, well-paced thriller. En route to summer in her father's hometown of Montgomery Falls, Cat, 17, discovers that her former friend Riley Fraser disappeared three months previously. Five years ago, Cat and neighbor Riley, both 12, spent every day exploring the woods around the small Canadian town, until their friendship ended abruptly. Burdened with an unusual and difficult-to-control psychic ability that makes her uncomfortable touching others, Cat is typically wary of new people, but she soon gets to know good-looking housemate Aidan Porter and his friends, a welcoming group of appealingly eccentric horror movie fans. She also reconnects with brooding Noah, Riley's older brother, and eventually agrees to use her gift to help him investigate Riley's disappearance. Peacock (the Hemlock series) frontloads the story line with hints of complicated backstories and unresolved relationships, then doles out details bit by tantalizing bit. The novel's finale is appropriately fiendish and also unexpectedly uplifting as Cat comes into her own. Ages 13 up. \n