Author: Leah Konen
Where I got it: From NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review
Ella, Astrid, and Sydney were planning the perfect summer after high school graduation. But when Astrid commits suicide in a lonely cabin, the other girls' worlds are shattered. How could their best friend have done this--to herself and to them? They knew everything about Astrid. Shouldn't they have seen this coming? Couldn't they have saved her?
As Ella hunts for the truth, and Sydney tries to dull the pain, a chilling message from Astrid leaves them wondering whether their beloved friend is communicating from the after life. The girls embark on a journey to uncover Astrid's dark secrets. The answers to those questions--questions they never dreamed of asking--will change their lives forever.
Ella and Sydney are left behind after Astrid’s suicide. Both girls are dealing with not only their own losses, but also the huge guilt they feel over not having seen signs or helped Astrid to avoid such a tragedy. Both girls are coping with their loss in their own ways – and they don’t always agree on how to deal in this situation. Sydney starts acting out more than ever to dull the pain, while Ella becomes obsessed with finding out why Astrid killed herself, especially as weird things start happening.
No one believes Ella when she swears that Astrid has called her, or that she’s seen her in the woods around “their” cabin… And the reality of the situation is far scarier than they ever expected, and Astrid was hiding things that neither girl knows how to deal with.
This book is both sad and mysterious, making it actually fun to read, despite the difficult subject matter. It’s hard to say that this type of book is “fun” – but it’s interesting, engaging, and dramatic, so the reader is sucked in to the story and the lives of the characters. Definitely worth your time for fans of mystery and YA books dealing with tough subjects.