My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book has been compared to Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (one my favorite books ever) and it definitely lives up to the hype! It has strong friendships, complex characters, an air of mystery, and edgy scenes.
This mystery/thriller centers around three college freshman roommates – Aubrey, Kate, and Jenny – their backgrounds, the relationships in their orbit, and their experiences at Carlisle College in New England.
Carlisle played a key role in the plot, as did the local town Belle River. The author describes this ivy league college and the town so vividly that I even googled this college to see if it is real. It is not, but I would have believed it after reading this book. I wonder what college inspired Carlisle.
I really liked this book.
It had a wide range of developed characters, complex human interactions, friendships, mystery, and dynamic, manipulative, and magnetic people. The plot delved into each of the main characters in detail so that you really felt like you know them.
One character in particular, Kate Eastman, was a driving force in the book and the entire plot centered around her. She comes from a very wealthy family, she is pretty, and she is one of those people that draws in others and manipulates people into doing things for her. She seems to be above everyone in wealth, power, social status, and even above the law.
I enjoyed the plot twists and the ending surprised me. I like that it jumped between the two timeframes, college and then 20 years later, so that the reader sees how these college friends turned into mature adults.
Most of the book centered around the college years but I liked the plot during the adult years. I did not become attached to any character but the author does a great job of making them come to life and moving the plot along quickly.
An entertaining mystery with good characters and a well developed plot. Thumbs up!