On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…
The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”
So, I got this in my Book of the Month box a while back, and it’s been on my shelf for a while. I have to say I looked at it at least 10 times and picked something else up instead. Once I was about 50 pages in, I was kicking myself for waiting so long. The narrator, Isa, is written in a way that you feel like you are her best friend and you know nothing about her at the same time. The remaining characters, Kate, Thea and Fatima, are the girls you wanted to be friends with at school. They have a way of making you feel very cool and wildly uncool at the same time.
With that mysterious text from Kate, the girls drop their lives, families and jobs to rush to Salten Reach and be by her side. When they’ve all finally been reunited, Kate finally spills. There was a discovery, a bone. It leads to a body. And it leads to a 15 year old secret resurfacing in a small town. A town where Kate has spent her whole life, but the other three haven’t returned to since that fateful night 15 years ago when they were expelled from their boarding school.
Returning to a town full of people who aren’t afraid to accuse and downright verbally assault throws Isa for a loop. And so does running into Luc in the Post Office. Her former friend, her first crush, and Kate’s very angry stepbrother.
It was amazing watching the relationships and secrets unfold. Learning what the girls did 15 years ago, seeing them all come clean with the past and the mistakes. Or, do they?
Absolutely 5 stars. I understand completely why it’s STILL on the best sellers list!