There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons - and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette - to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer - and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.
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5 Words: Witness, family, murder, lies, secrets.
In my head, I bigged this up so, so much. This is one of my favourite authors and she was stepping away from her Prep School Confidential roots and going darker, more serious, more twisty and creepy... And it worked so well and I loved it. I was absolutely not disappointed.
The story was quite slow to start, it felt much more character driven than her previous books, and everything built up gradually until all of a sudden it was at break neck speed and I couldn't put it down. Add to that the twists and turns and by the end I was more than a little bit dumbstruck.
I didn't expect what was coming and that was insanely refreshing. This is unpredictable to the max. Everything I had guessed at, all of the theories I had, they were blown apart by the ending.
Everything you read in this book is for a reason. Nothing is superfluous to the plot. But you won't realise that this is the case until the end.
If you're a plot-reader, just stick with it. Because it does pick up and the pace is insane when it does. If you're a character-reader you're in for a real treat because this is all about the characters and the pace is just a bonus.
I can't wait.
I need this now.
Not in 4 months time.