Are you burning alive where you live, or is it just me? This summer heat has me begging for fall, and what better way to get in the spirit than with a good thriller!
Thank you Flatiron Books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.
Synopsis: Saskia was a damaged, lonely teenager when she arrived at the lakeside commune called Home. She was entranced by the tang of sourdough starter; the midnight call of the loons; the triumph of foraging wild mushrooms from the forest floor. But most of all she was taken with Abraham, Home’s charismatic leader, the North Star to Saskia and the four other teens who lived there, her best and only friends. Two decades later, Saskia is shuttered in her Connecticut estate, estranged from the others. Her carefully walled life is torn open by threatening letters. Unless she and her former friends return to the land in rural Maine, the terrible thing they did as teenagers—their last-ditch attempt to save Home—will be revealed. From vastly different lives, the five return to confront their blackmailer and reckon with the horror that split them apart. How far will they go to bury their secret forever?
This is a unique read as it’s written in both first and second person viewpoints. I’m not a huge fan of alternating point of views in books, and this was a tad hard to follow. The topic and premise of this book was unique and engaging, but I’ll warn that there is some intensity to it. It’s traumatizing for the characters which may be a bit triggering for some readers. Even though it’s an engaging read, it was a bit too slow for me. There were only a few times where I would fly through the read, but other times I wanted to skip past things. The twist at the end makes a lot of these things a worthwhile binge-y read for your summer list!