In the fall of 2002, 41-year-old Kate Cypher, a divorced Seattle school nurse, returns to New Hope, the decaying Vermont hippie commune where she grew up, to visit her elderly mother, Jean, who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s. Kate has avoided New Hope since the grizzly, unsolved murder of her fifth-grade friend, Del Griswold, 31 years earlier. Kate fears she betrayed Del, a free-spirited farm girl. Did her betrayal cause Del’s death? Who killed Del? Another local girl is murdered in a similar manner at the time of Kate’s return. Could the killer be loose again? Meanwhile, Jean appears to be possessed with Del’s spirit and may have the answers to these questions. As Kate investigates, she learns stunning truths about many events and people from her youth.
What’s the worst thing you have ever done?
I was drawn to this book for a few reasons. One…. The obvious one. The cover. Look at that. Who is she? What has she done? Is she survivor or victim? Two… the synopsis about a girl who was called “Potato Girl”, uggghhh…. name calling that rile me up…. this falls into my category of “words are powerful, they can hurt and knock you down just as well as they can lift you up. Three… The author Jennifer McMahon, I had heard the buzz about her style and her writing and I wanted to give her a try.
While this a good ghost story and mystery wrapped into one, I found it to be more than that. This book is about a friendship. A heartbreaking and tragic friendship that caused me pause to read and be reminded once again how our words do affect others.
The beauty of this book was that I thought I knew who did it and I was wrong. And then I had a back up idea of who did it and well… that wasnt exactly right either…. however….
OOPS! 😉 That’s all you get.
I enjoyed my first read with Jennifer McMahon and next week I will have the opportunity to explore her again when I read The Island Of Lost Girls for another tour.
I received this book for review from TLC Book Tours