This is the third book by Christina Baker Kline that I have read this year, and all of them have hooked me from the start. This story flashes back to 1986. High school graduation. 6 friends sitting around a bonfire celebrating. One decides to call it an early night and heads off into the darkness. She is never seen again.
Flash forward 10 years. Jennifer has still not been found…not a trace. The friends have all drifted apart and moved away from their tiny town in Maine. The story focuses on Jennifer’s best friend, Kathryn. Kathryn has moved to Virginia to start a career in journalism and get married. Now she finds herself divorced after two short years and out of a job. So she heads back to the only place she knows….home. She is depressed and discovers that she is returning home a few weeks before her ten-year high school reunion.
She reconnects with Jack, one of the original 6 from the night Jennifer disappeared. Jack now works at the local newspaper and asks her to do a piece for the paper on Jennifer and the status of the past ten years. Kathryn is hesitant, but she agrees. Once she begins to dig deep into the past that she realizes that she never really knew Jennifer. Jennifer had secrets, and Kathryn is hoping these secrets lead her to Jennifer. However, there is someone who knows that Kathryn is getting dangerously close.
The book is filled with suspense, love, sadness and danger. The characters are authentic and vivid….you love some, hate others and are just creeped out by a few. Kathryn’s ex-husband is such an obnoxious character, but he is written perfectly. Another must read by Christina Baker Kline.