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This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.
Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?
As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?
This is another Netgalley suggested by my daughter, "Jeanz". I chose to read this book as my daughter recommended it and thought perhaps I would also enjoy this well written book.
The cover suggests to me a tranquil, peaceful, perhaps innocent kind of book, where everything is clear and simplistic, then there's the toe dipping in the water, that is directing us to what may lay underneath this upper picture of calmness and serenity. That's a little like the book inside. There is one "story" on the surface where things are one way and things between Maggie & Joey are all okay and in love, then there's what's below the surface which is Maggie's suspicion that Joey isn't as "in love" with her as he says. Joey is the "big I am" character in the book, whatever anyone does or has done, Joey has already done bigger and better. Joey likes to think he is in control, he is top of the pile.
Maggie is more reserved, she feels deep down that something isn't quite right, just as she is about to get to the bottom of everything, her whole world falls apart. there's a tragic accident that changes everything and everybody. Can Maggie cope? her mind blocks out the tragedy, even though she is asked question after question exactly what happened by numerous people. Will Maggie ever remember what happened that tragic day? What did happen? What was Joey hiding from Maggie? Did Maggie even know Joey as well as she first thought she had?
This is a well written, descriptive, in places quite emotional story, of teen coming of age facing life and having to face consequences of not only their actions but those of others around them too.
Did I enjoy it? Yes, Would I recommend it? Yes, to all ages. It reminded me a little of Read Me Dead by Emerald Barnes. Would I read a BK 2? If there is one. Would I read more by Kristina McBride? Yes.